MORTON — Signs placed on village property that direct motorists to a property for sale or lease can no longer be left there for days.
The Village Board on Monday approved an ordinance amendment that allows such signs only from Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday, and only for an open house.
Permission to place a sign must be obtained from the abutting property owner, and a sign can't be larger than nine square feet per side.
The signs weren't previously regulated by the village, which often resulted in multiple signs clogging corners, according to village officials.
Roger Spangler, the village's planning and zoning officer, said he spoke with six Morton real estate agents about the sign regulation and all were in favor of it.
"They said it was no big deal. They placed those signs and left them only because others did," he said.
Open house directional signs are the only temporary signs allowed on village property.
Also at Monday's Village Board meeting:
- Tourism grants totaling $29,100 were awarded to five 2018 events based on recommendations from the village's grant committee, which scored and reviewed applications.
The events are the Rural Home Missionary Association conference ($10,000), Morton Civil War Days ($10,000), Bradley Women's Club Soccer Tournament ($4,000), Fourth Friday ($3,000) and the Muscle on Main strongman competition ($2,100).
Each event except Muscle on Main received 100 percent of its request. Muscle on Main received 70 percent because proceeds aren't used to improve Morton and not all purchases for the event are done in Morton.
Events are scored on factors such as the number of overnight stays and out-of-town visitors, restaurant traffic generated, educational opportunities and benefits to Morton.
There are spring and fall grant cycles.
Funding for tourism grants comes from the village's hotel/motel tax revenue.
- Mayor Jeff Kaufman said a delegation from Morton's sister city of Tiantai, China, will be in town Tuesday for a meeting with counterparts from the village. Among the items expected to be discussed is an expansion of Tiantai-based Zhejiang Yinlun Machinery Company's Yinlun USA subsidiary on Commerce Drive.
Steve Stein can be reached at 686-3114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.