Grand Lighting Celebration in Mt. Morris
Featuring Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers
August 29, 2014 (Rain or Shine!)
Home of the Illinois State Freedom Bell
The Village would like to invite everyone to join us downtown and celebrate with a Grand Lighting Ceremony and two hour concert to be held on August 29. Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers will be playing at the bandshell at 7:00 p.m. The Village will be serving complimentary butterfly pork chop sandwiches, chips and drinks starting at 6:30 p.m.
Donations for the meal and concert will be used toward the purchase of new Christmas decorations and flag holders for the poles. During the band break, the official ceremonial lighting will take place putting the new lights into service for the first time.
Please attend and help us celebrate a beautiful transformation of our downtown and Campus areas!
History of the Replacement Lights: After many years of planning, the Village of Mt. Morris is proud to be giving the downtown and Campus beautiful new street lighting. The old green poles date back to August of 1925 and were getting in bad shape. These poles have seen three different sets of lights, with the current ones being installed approximately 55 years ago. The overhead wiring has been failing and causing shorts thus tripping circuit breakers leaving the downtown in darkness. Maintenance costs have been very high the last few years. This past spring, with the recommendation of the Village Planning Commission, the Village Board approved the purchase of new decorative poles and acorn style LED fixtures along with new underground wiring. With little maintenance and energy savings from LED technology, the new lighting will pay for itself. The Village has applied for an energy grant from the State of Illinois to help offset the costs of the project. The old poles will be advertised for sale by sealed bid after the project is complete.
Ogle County Recyclable Electronics Friday, Aug. 29, 9 AM-4 PM at Ogle County Solid Waste Management Dept., 909 W Pines Rd, Oregon.
Beginning September 2 the Mt. Morris Public Library will be closing at 7:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays.