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Public Works

200 W. Main Street Morrison, IL 61270

(815) 772-7657

The Public Works Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the streets, water, sanitary, storm systems, and the maintenance of the cemetery and parks.

Emergency Contacts

In case of an emergency which requires the attention of the public works department, please contact any one of the following:

For emergencies during business hours, contact City Hall at (815) 772-7657.  City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Workers will be dispatched immediately to the problem location.

For emergencies occurring after business hours, contact the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department at (815) 772-4044.  Inform the dispatcher of the nature and location of the problem.  They will then contact a Public Works Employee.

Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 for Public Works emergencies!

Additional Information



The City is planning on building a new wastewater treatment plant. The plant will treat an average daily flow of 0.92 MGD with excess flow capacity of 10 MGD. The new plant, to be built on the west side of state Route 78, just south of the Morrison Institute of Technology, is needed to meet environmental regulations. The bulk of its estimated $19 million plant will be paid for with a federally funded loan administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Construction begin in the fall of 2015 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.

Floodplain Information

To view a searchable State of Illinois Floodplain Map, please click here.



The City of Morrison Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance and repair of streets, storm, water, and sewer systems, as well as snow removal, street sweeping, and tree trimming in city parkways.


Each year, the City of Morrison Department of Public Works contracts for the triming and or removal of trees located on the parkway (the grassy area between the sidewalk and curb). The City of Morrison hires a tree removal service, who performs the trimming and removal. Trees to be removed must be unsafe of dying.  Residents who wish to have a tree inspected for trimming or removal are asked to contact City Hall to be placed on the inspection list.

Residents wishing to plant a tree in the park way need to review the list of approved/unapproved trees.  Click here for more information: Approved and Restricted Parkway Trees.  For more information, please view the City of Morrison Code on Vegetation.  Contact City Hall at 815-772-7657 for more information.


Snow Emergencies may be declared by the Police Chief, or his designee, during the months of November 1 through March 31. The Director will notify the Police Department, WSDR (AM 1240), WLLT (FM 107.7), and WZZT (106.5). Snow emergencies may also be posted on the City’s website. As soon as a snow emergency is declared, motorists are asked to observe the following parking restrictions:

Snow Routes: Parking on snow routes is prohibited during snow emergencies. Parking on snow routes may resume after the street has been plowed clear of snow. Vehicles in violation are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense. Snow Routes are clearly marked by blue and white signs.

Central Business District (CBD): The CBD includes all streets within the boundaries of Knox Street, Orange Street, Clinton Street, and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. Parking is always prohibited on these streets from 2:30 AM to 6:00 AM.

All Other Streets: During snow emergencies, streets that are not Snow Routes or within the CBD are subject to odd-even parking. This means that on odd days (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc…), vehicles must be parked on the side of the street with odd street numbers (101, 103, 503, 505, etc…). On even numbered days (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc…), vehicles must be parked on the side of the street with even numbers (102, 104, 504, 506, etc…). The change-over time for odd-even parking is between the hours of 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM. THIS PARKING RESTRICTION ONLY APPLIES DURING SNOW EMERGENCIES. Motorists may park on either side of the street if the street has been plowed clear of snow.

End of Snow Emergency: When the Director feels that conditions have improved on our streets, he will declare an end to the Snow Emergency. At that time, such parking restrictions are no longer in effect.


Water Distribution

Morrison is served by two wells with a combined capacity of 3.16 million gallons per day. Well 5 was drilled in 2012 to a depth of 1,585’ deep and is operated by a 200 hp submersible Byron Jackson pump capable of delivering 9000 gpm. Well 4 was drilled in 1968 to a depth of 1769’ deep and is currently operated by a 200 hp submersible pump that will deliver 1,300 gpm. Treated water is stored in a 500,000 gallon elevated tank located in Kelly Park. The average daily demand is 509,640 gallons per day. Water is distributed through lines 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” PVC, ductile iron, and cast iron mains. The system is flushed twice a year. All 1,796 users in the city are metered. 

Boil Orders

From time to time, the Public Works Department must issue a boil order notice to residents and other water customers to ensure their health and safety when the system pressure drops below 20 psi in our distribution system. Under almost all circumstances, these orders are localized to a specific area and just a precautionary measure following work on a water main. However, in rare cases, a condition may arise which requires a larger boil order. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding these boil orders for those customers who may be impacted: