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To serve you better, we've assembled a list of our residents' most frequently asked questions. If you don't find your answer here, feel free to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Parks & Recreation Commission
When does the Parks & Recreation Commisson meet?
The Mt. Zion Parks & Recreation Commisson meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month: January, March, May, July, September, and November at Village Hall at 5:15 pm.
How do I register for Parks & Recreation Programs
Recreation classes requrie a registration form and wavier for each class, each session. You can make payement by cash, check or credit card. If there is a question that the class will have enough participants payment may be requested at a later date. Please call and check on all classes as they may be cancelled due to low registration. While walk ins to programs are allowed if there is no limit on the number of participants it is always best to check and make sure the program is still scheduled.
What hours is Village Hall open?
Village Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm.
Does Mt. Zion require a raffle license?
Yes. Raffle License applications are available on our website as well as at the Village Hall. A one time raffle license fee of $30.00 is required per raffle. If more than one raffle will be conducted on the same day, the fee is $120.00
May I burn trash and leaves inside the village limits?
Burning of landscape waste is allowed in the Village of Mt. Zion as long as it is not a nuisance to your neighbors. Please review Chapter 98 of the Code of Ordinances for more information.
Who do I call about animal related complaints or issues?
The Mt. Zion Police Department is responsible for enforcement of the Animal Control Ordinances. Please contact them at (217) 864-4012 for all animal related issues.
What is the Village of Mt. Zion's fiscal year?
The fiscal year for the Village of Mt. Zion is January 1st - December 31st.
How often does the Village of Mt. Zion get audited?
State statute requires each government entity in Illinois to be audited annually and make available the report to the public.
I am interested in applying for a job with the Village of Mt. Zion, what do I do?
You will need to fill out an application if available. Please ensure you meet the qualifications for the position you wish to be considered for. If you would like to include a resume, simply attach it to the completed application. You may mail or drop off the application at City Hall. Interviews will be scheduled accordingly.
Does the Village of Mt. Zion hire part time employees?
Yes, we do hire part time employees. Availability of these positions will be posted here when available.
Mayor & Trustees
When are elections for Mayor and Village Trustee?
Elections are every two years in April. The mayor position and four trustee positions will be up for election in April 2019. Three other trustee positions are up for election in 2021. For information regarding the next election cycle, please contact the Village Clerk.
Village Board Meetings
When does the Village Board meet?
The Village Board meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month unless it is a holiday and then the meeting is the following day. For a list of meeting dates or information about meetings, please call the office at 864-5424.
Building Permits & Inspections
What is the process for getting a building permit?
Take a moment to read all required information provided. Then print and fill out the building permit application form and return to Village Hall. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We will be happy to help you.
Do I need a building permit for an above ground pool?
No. But it is still a good idea to contact Village Hall to make sure you are still in compliance with the location of the pool. Also, here is a link of all of the requirements the State of Illinois requires if you wish to install a pool:
If I have a street light out, who do I contact?
Ameren is repsonsible for repairing street lights within the Village of Mt. Zion. You can request a repair by emailing Ameren at StreetlightrequestIL@ameren.com. If the request has not been addressed after three (3) days, please call the Mt. Zion Police Department at 864-4012 or Village Hall at 864-5424.
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Do I need a Land Disturbance Permit?
There are two factors that determine whether you will need to obtain a Land Disturance Permit:
1) Are you disturbing one (1) or more acres of land?
2) Are you building a new home or business?
If you answered yes to either question above, then you will need to obtain a Land Disturbance Permit from the Village of Mt. Zion.
How do I obtain a Land Disturbance Permit?
Prior to the Village of Mt. Zion issuing a Land Disturbance Permit, the applicant must first go to the Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District (MCSWCD) Office at 4004 College Park Rd., Decatur Illionos 62521 (behind Richland Community College) and obtain a Land Disturbance Permit. Depending upon the project, the fee ranges from $25.00 to $250.00 (first 5 acres) plus and additional $50.00 per acre.
The MCSWCD will issue a receipt for the permit. Attach a copy of the receipt to the Village of Mt. Zion Land Disturbance Permit application along with any other required applications.
Is burning of yard waste allowed in Mt. Zion?
Open burning is prohibited in within the village limits. However, burning of landscape waste is allowed under the following conditions:
- Between the hours of 9am and sunset
- There is sufficient air movement to dissipate smoke, but not when winds are of a high velocity.
- Landscape waste must be dry enough to allow an open flame.
- Landscape waste must be burned on the property it was generated.
- When burning or smoke does not create a hazard, annoyance, or discomfort to neighbors.
- Burning must be constantly attended by a competent and responsible person.
- When burning does not create a hazard or obstruct visibility on sidewalks or roadways.
- Crop residue must be burned more than 1000 feet from residential or populated areas.
For further questions please contact the Mt. Zion Police Department at (217)864 4012 and speak with one of our officers, or refer to Chapter 98: Open Burning in the Code of Ordinances.
Is it a violatioin to park a boat or other trailer in front of my house?
When trailers and RVs are parked in the street it is often a safety hazard. Often, these vehicles obstruct a lane or cause visibility problems. It is a violation of Village Ordinance 70.12 to park a "watercraft, recreational vehicle, or trailer" on any public street for over 24 hours.
What can I do about raccoons or opossums that have become a nuisance on my property?
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a licensed trapper to remove nuisance wildlife from their property. Property owners who wish to remove the animal themselves should contact the IDNR to see if they qualify for a Nusinance Animal Removal Permit. The village of Mt. Zion does not employ a licensed trapper. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/files/controlling_nuisance_mammals.pdf
What is the length of the Mt. Zion Trail?
The Mt. Zion Trail is 2.71 miles and extends from the east to the west side of the Village of Mt. Zion.
Is Goodwin Park pavilion available for rent?
The Goodwin Park pavilion can not be reserved but may be used for gatherings on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How do I report any damage or concerns regarding any park facility?
Please contact Judy at 864-5424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
After 5:00 p.m. please contact the Mt. Zion Police Deparment at 864-4012.
How do I reserve a pavilion at Fletcher Park?
Please call Village Hall at (217)864-5424 to inquire about available dates and the steps to reserve a facility.
Is alcohol allowed in Fletcher Park?
The use of alcohol is not allowed on any public property, so it is not allowed in the Village's parks unless a permit has been obtained through Village Hall.
Can I still use the park if the facilities are rented?
Fletcher Park is a public facility and may be used by the public at anytime. Please be courteous to any group that is having an event at the park.
Who do I contact if I view someone damaging the park or its equipment?
Please call the Mt. Zion Police Deparmtment immediately at 864-4012. If you notice damage has been done at the park contact 864-5424.
Sanitation & Recycling
When are the garbage collection days for my street?
Please refer to the monthly schedule. Remember, observed holidays will alter the normal routine.
Curbside Recycling Program
How do I get a recycle bin/toter?
To have a reycling bin/toter delivered to your residence, contact your garbage hauler and request a recycle bin/toter. Each hauler is required per Village Ordinance to provide one recycling bin/toter to each residence upon request at no additional charge.
What services do I get for my $22.75 monthly garbage bill?
The $22.75 monthly charge includes:
Twice a week refuse/garbage pick-up
Once a week recycling pick-up (bin/toter provided free by hauler)
Once a week yard waste pick-up (seasonal)
How could I have used this much water?
You may not have - the numbers on your meter may have been transposed or hard to read. You could possibly have a leaky toilet or faucet that's difficult to detect. Just call the office and we'll work with you to solve the problem.
My bill is past due can I get an extension?
Please contact our office and a one-time extension will be extended to you for extenuating circumstances.
What do I do if I am experiencing low pressure?
Check your meter and the surrounding area for possible leaks. Next, call our office and report low pressure for your area.
Why do I have a previous balance when I know I sent in my payment?
We may have received it after the due date or we may not have received it at all. Call our office and we will help you solve the problem.
Why is my water discolored?
A repair could have been completed recently allowing air to enter the line, causing the milky look.
Water/Sewer Rates & Policies
Will the Village discount my water/sewer bill when I fill my swimming pool or if I have a leak?
No, the Village of Mt. Zion buys its water from the City of Decatur. There are no discounts for leaks or for the filling of swimming pools. Also, the Village sends all waste water (sewage) to the Decatur Sanitary District. We are charged based on the amount of water we purchase from the City of Decatur. Therefore, the Village cannot give breaks (discounts) for leaks or the filling of swimming pools for the sewer portion of the bill.
New Resident Resources
How do I sign up to receive Alerts and News & Notices?
Simply click the "Sign Up for Alerts" button located ……fill out the brief form with your preferred contact information and click submit
Where do I go to vote?
All Village elections are conducted by Macon County. Please visit the elections page for locations and upcoming election information.
DemographicsNow: Business & People
How do I obtain a password for DemographicsNow: Business & People?
In order to use DemographicsNow: Business & People, you must have a library card with the Mt. Zion Library District, Decatur Library or the Forsyth Library. Your library card number is your password.
If you do not have a library card, you can access the database by visiting either library. Each library also has trained staff to assist you with obtaining the information needed.