May 27, 2016
May 25, 2016
DECATUR, IL- The Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) today announced an invitation for project applications that will result in nutrient and sediment reductions in Lake Decatur’s watershed. The watershed is comprised of 925 square miles of land that ultimately drains to the lake, including eastern Macon County, northern Piatt County, southeastern Dewitt County, and parts of 4 other counties. This request for applicants focuses on the watershed in the three highlighted counties.
Since Lake Decatur was built in 1922, promoting conservation in the watershed has been a top priority for the City of Decatur. With 87% of the watershed’s land in row crop agriculture, implementing ag conservation practices is very important. In a 2008 study completed by the SWCD and its partners, it was determined the sediment coming into Lake Decatur is coming from the following major sources: 70% from sheet and rill erosion, 13% from ephemeral erosion, and 8% streambank erosion. Whenever soil is dislodged and moved, nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are also displaced and move into the streams and rivers.
Types of practices to reduce nutrient and sediment loss can include: grassed waterways, terraces, grade stabilization structures, streambank stabilization, filter strips, sediment basins, wetlands, and field borders. Non-structural practices may include no-till/strip-till, cover crops, or nutrient management.
“In order to compete for state and federal funds for the installation of conservation practices, applicable sites must be identified early on in the process. Creating a log of applicants proves the necessity for work, and allows for necessary planning to take place,” said Megan Baskerville, watershed specialist for the SWCD.
Applicants must secure matching funds equal to at least 45% of the total project costs in order to supplement potential grant funds. Although applicants are accepted and encouraged to contact the SWCD office at any time, the office is encouraging landowners to come forward with potential sites by mid-June.
For more information, contact Megan Baskerville at 217.877.5670 x 3, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the USDA Service Center at 4004 College Park Road in Decatur.
May 20, 2016
Mt. Zion Pubic Works crews are painting fire hydrants throughout the Village this summer. The Village's fire hydrants are being painted as recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The NFPA recommends fire hydrants using public water supply systems be painted chrome yellow, and their tops and caps should indicate the available gallons per minute (GPM). Below 500 GPM should be red, 500-999 GPM should be orange, 1000-1499 GPM should be green, and 1500 GPM or more should be blue. In the event of a fire, firefighters need to be able to quickly find and identify the fire hydrant to minimize the damage from a fire. Also, if you have a Village owned fire hydrant on your property, please trim back any trees or shrubs that may be growing around it. If the Village needs to get access to a fire hydrant, they will remove any items in the way. Thank you.
May 09, 2016
May 06, 2016
As spring is upon us, a reminder that the Village of Mt. Zion has specific rules regarding signs to regulate, control, and provide for private signs in accordance with an overall plan and program for the public safety, area development, and the general welfare of the village. Signs for garage sales are allowed but must be removed on the last day of the sale. Residents are also only allowed one For Sale by Owner sign to be located on the property for sale. Signs are not allowed to be placed on the right-of-way or off-site (a family/friends's property) within the village.
Signs that violate these regulations will be picked up and taken to the Mt. Zion Police Department, 410 W. Main Street. If a phone number is available, the owner will be contacted to pick up the sign(s). All signs will be kept for 30 days and then thrown away. If you have any questions regarding the village's Sign Code, please contact Julie Miller, Village Administrator at 864-5424.