With our most recent garbage contract, Montgomery was able to negotiate covered carts for both recyclable and normal household waste containers. These wheeled carts have made a noticeable difference in the flow of unwanted litter throughout our neighborhoods and our water basins. But, we can do more. First, please be informed about what materials are and are/not recyclable. Plastic bags are not recyclable at curbside. They should be bagged and returned to a number of retail stores (Walmart, Jewel, Walgreens) which do protect the environment by recycling plastic bags. Styrofoam is also not recyclable and it is one of the most common forms of neighborhood litter pollution. Place styrofoam in plastic bags to keep it contained, and then place it in your garbage cart. You’ll be doing us all a favor.
Who Doesn’t Enjoy Hummingbirds?
And Montgomery is working to attract more through the native plantings around our 27 water basins and around walking paths wherever possible. These magical creatures bring a gleam to everyone’s eye, and attracting them is as simple as knowing what plants they are most attracted to. Fortunately, many of these are flowering native plants – the kind Montgomery is proactively seeking to restore to our environment. Long a pet project of the Beautification Committee, hummingbirds remain a priority. If you see one, let us know!
May Bluebirds of Happiness make their home in Montgomery.
Volunteers and members of the Beautification Committee have launched an effort to increase and expand the bluebird population in our area. These beautiful creatures can thrive in our climate, but their habitat has largely been devastated by urban sprawl and natural enemies.
By constructing and installing more than 100 bluebird houses throughout the 27 water basins of Montgomery, we hope to help restore their needed habitat and help make Montgomery home once again to a thriving bluebird population. If you would like to help, just email email@example.com or contact Montgomery Public Works department.
A side benefit of this program is providing habitat for Tree Swallows, the aerobatic birds you see at dusk diving and swooping to scoop up mosquitos. Yeah, we can use more of those colorful and helpful birds as well!
The Mill Street Bridge in downtown Montgomery is both an important part of our past – and our present. The bridge “dresses up” for many special occasions throughout the year and is home to the Beautification Committee’s extremely popular memorial plantings. The plantings usually are at their peak in late July and August, by all means take a quick ride to downtown Montgomery and enjoy the quiet beauty of a charming historical setting.
In October of 2013 I made news by urging the Village Board to take the steps necessary to silence Train Horns in Montgomery – at least during the night when nearby residents need their sleep.
The first step in the process was for the Village Board to fund a Quiet Zone study. I argued that curtailing the train horn noise could help make the village’s downtown area more attractive to future residential and business development as envisioned in a transit plan for the downtown previously adopted by the board.
As reported in the Ledger Sentinel newspaper: “If we look at this in a bigger picture it may be one of the baby steps that we take toward really revitalizing downtown as a place to invest residential dollars,” Bond said.
That study was eventually funded and completed and it determined that Montgomery was indeed eligible to establish a No Train Horn zone. We are moving closer to the day when residents living even within miles of the downtown train tracks can look forward to a peaceful evening’s sleep.
Ya gotta love these young entrepreneurs who brighten our lives and our neighborhoods on warm summer days. I support them every chance I get and hope you will, too. A lot of smiles for only 50 cents!
Since my election in 2011 I have served as Chairman of the Montgomery Beautification Committee. That year, in 2011, the Committee launched a Holiday Decoration Awards program which attacted 73 entries in its first year. This photo is one of the winners selected that year. We feel holiday decorations certainly beautify Montgomery and bring joy to young and old.
Over the years, this popular program has become an annual tradition. We hope you will consider entering your home or that of a neighbor.
We hope you will enter this year and join in the fun!
We typically organize two neighborhood litter pickups a year, one in the spring (Earth Day) and one in the fall. In this photo, 36 volunteers collected 27 bags of litter around Lake Foxmoor in Montgomery, IL to celebrate Earth Day. It is my honor to help organize or support events such as these throughout Montgomery. I have tools, vests, gloves and bags to share. If you’d like to organize your own event, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Foxmoor resident John Westmaas for working the shorelines.