Village News

Village Hall Phone Lines Temporarily Down

Apr 16, 2015

Village Hall is experiencing a phone outage.  Technicians will be on site Friday morning and hopefully the phones will be restored by Noon.  If you need to speak to someone before Noon Friday, please stop in the office or contact the Mt. Zion Police Department at (217) 864-4012.  The Police Dept. can relay your message and you will be contacted by Village Hall Staff.  We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your patience until the issue is resolved.     


New Grass at Fletcher Park

Apr 16, 2015

Crews have been working this week to plant new grass seed at Fletcher Park.  We are asking visitors to stay off the grass and use the sidewalks to allow the new grass to get established.  Thank you

Mt. Zion's Electrical Aggregation Update

Apr 15, 2015

In 2012, Mt. Zion residents approved a referendum to allow municipal aggregation of electricity.  Since the initial negotiated rate residents have seen huge savings on their electrical bills.  Mt. Zion’s electrical aggregation program is an Opt-Out program, meaning at any time an enrolled resident or small business can contact the supplier and Opt-Out of the program.  If a resident opts-out, there is a 1 year waiting period before they can re-enroll in the program.  Residents who have opted-out are free to choose Ameren Illinois, the Village’s franchised supplier, or any other supplier they choose to enter into a contract with.  Currently, Homefield Energy is the supplier for Mt. Zion‘s Municipal Electrical Aggregation Program.  The following rates have been negotiated:

February 2015-June 2015 - $0.04751 per kWh

June 2015-December 2017 - $0.05824 per kWh

The Village of Mt. Zion and its consultant believe that in June Ameren Illinois will be increasing its rates due to domestic energy policies from Washington and increased prices in the energy market.  (Predicted rates for Ameren could range anywhere from .0560-.0640 per kWh)  Therefore, the Village decided to try to lock in a rate until December 2017 that will be lower than Ameren Illinois’s rate that will be announced in June.  The focus was on the coming increases that are being predicted by industry experts over the next 30 months.  The Village’s goal was to make sure the residents had a long term fixed option, in case those increases are realized in the upcoming months. We believe this is the best option for the Village residents so they can weather the increases or opt-out to their own personal option. 

The above rates are for electricity supply only.  Residents will continue to receive their monthly power bills from Ameren Illinois for both supply and distribution.   Residents’ bills who are enrolled in the program, will show Homefield Energy as the electricity supplier. 

For more information about Homefield Energy and Mt. Zion’s current rate, please visit their website at http://www.homefieldenergy.com/community/mt.-zion.php or by call their toll-free number 1-866-694-1262.  

South Lake Subdivision Project

Apr 14, 2015

The project consists of various storm sewer repairs, mountable curb replacements, sidewalk ramp replacements as well as the soil cement stabilizing and overlay of the entire length of South Lake Court

The Village of Mt. Zion and Dunn Company are asking for you patience and cooperation during the upcoming months.  There may be times when portions of South Lake Court will be inaccessible, but you will be notified the day before of any partial closures. 

Project updates will be posted on this Facebook page and on the Village of Mt. Zion website.  Also if you have any questions, please contact Village Hall at 864-5424 or Dunn Company 429-4444.

Grass Clippings Not Allowed in Public Streets

Apr 09, 2015

It is that time of year again, Mowing Season.  The Village of Mt. Zion would like to let everyone know that it is unlawful (against Village Ordinances) to blow grass clippings, leaves or any other type of debris onto a public street.  Mt. Zion's streets are also part of a drainage system used to help prevent flooding.  Grass clippings, leaves and other debris that is blown in the street will clog catch basins and pipes which will lead to flooding.  Currently, the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget has $19,500 appropriated to have problem area catch basins professionally cleared of debris.  The Village is asking it residents to refrain from blowing grass clippings, leaves and other debris into the street.  Questions regarding this Ordinance or any other Ordinance, please feel free to contact Julie Miller, Village Administrator, at 864-5424.    

Yard Waste Pick-Up Begins

Apr 01, 2015

It's that time of year again!

If you have yard waste and you weren't sure when pick-up was, we have the information you need. If you have service with Waste Management, then your yard waste will be picked up every Thursday beginning the first week in April through the last week of November. If you have service with R&M or Lynch Disposal, then your yard waste will be picked up every Wednesday beginning the first week of April through the first week of December. Please be patient with all of our haulers during this first week, it will take a while to get the first pick-up of the season completed.

If you have any questions contact Village Hall at 864-5424.

Sparkle & Shine

Mar 24, 2015

Sparkle & Shine Day!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9 am-2 pm

A drop site will be provided for Village and Township residents to discard large items at the Township Garage.

Please no chemicals, paint, tires, household garbage, fencing, wire, or yard waste. Appliances accepted, please drain the Freon from your appliances and remove the doors.

For more information please call Mt. Zion Village Hall
864-5424

Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo

Mar 19, 2015

Visit the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo, Saturday, March 21st from 9:00 - 2:00 at the Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway.  Admission is free.  Events include the Taste of Mt. Zion from 11:00-2:00, Style Show 11:30-1:00, Drive Time Quartet 11:00-12:30 and Crossfit MTZ demonstration at Noon.  Drawings and lots of door prizes.

   

Village Board Adopts Public Meeting Speaking Rules

Mar 03, 2015

The Mt. Zion Village Board unanimously approved the following rules for speaking during public forum at Village Board Meetings at it's Monday, March 2, 2015, Village Board Meeting.

Village of Mt. Zion
Public Meeting Speaking Rules


PUBLIC COMMENT: Pursuant to the Village’s rule-making authority set forth in the Illinois Open Meetings Act, the rules governing public comment at all board meetings of the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees shall be as follows:

1. Speakers at the podium shall first identify themselves, and if they choose, give their residential address, before they offer any comments to the board;

2. Speakers shall limit their commentary to five (5) minutes;

3. Speakers shall relate their commentary to matters of Village business;

4. Speakers shall at all times address the board, not staff or the audience;

5. Speakers shall offer their commentary only from the podium;

6. Speakers shall confine their remarks to commentary;

7. Speakers shall not use their commentary in an attempt to interrogate board     members or staff  nor in an attempt to force the body to engage in debate;

8. Speakers shall return to their seat or leave the meeting room at the end of       their remarks;

9. Speakers shall not employ profane or threatening language nor shall they         engage in any personal attacks;

10. Speakers shall respect both the decorum of the public meeting and the             authority of the Mayor as the board’s presiding officer; and

11. A speaker whose behavior disrupts the conduct of the public meeting or           threatens the public’s safety are subject to removal from the meeting upon a           finding by the Mayor that the speaker’s behavior has violated any of these rules. 

Spring Craft Show

Feb 27, 2015

Mt. Zion Spring Craft Show will be held March 6th from 7pm-9pm and March 7th from 9am - 3pm. The emphasis of our shows are handcrafted items and the Kitchen of Doris Yoder will be offering concessions.  Admission is FREE.