MORTON -- The village will spend as much as $31.7 million in the 2018-2019 fiscal year to provide services for residents.

Village Board trustees Monday approved the village's annual appropriations ordinance, which sets spending limits in 11 funds. Combined, the expenses add up to $31,780,442.

The biggest chunk of expenses is the general fund at $11,297,450.

Within the general fund, the Police Department is budgeted at $3,936,220 including $100,000 for contingencies. The Streets Department is budgeted at $3,604,740 including $100,000 for contingencies.

At the other end of the general fund spectrum, Memorial Plaza is budgeted at $26,400 including $2,400 for contingencies.

The village expects to receive a total of $29,711,495 in revenue for what would be a deficit of $2,068,947 if all of the funds' spending limits are reached.

The fiscal year began May 1 and will continue through April 30, 2019.

Also at Monday's board meeting, Public Works Director Craig Loudermilk said the eastbound lane of East Jefferson Street between South First and South Fourth avenues will close Tuesday for about two weeks for a concrete patching project. The westbound lane of East Jefferson will remain open.

Police Chief Craig Hilliard noted that construction work began last week on a new dispatch center at the Morton Police Station.

A state-mandated consolidation of Tazewell County dispatch centers from four to two will result in centers only in Pekin -- the former Tazcomm center -- and Morton. Centers in the East Peoria and Washington police stations will close.

Trustee Ken Newman praised Morton firefighters for their work extinguishing a house fire on East Tyler Street that was reported just before 11 p.m. July 5.

There were no injuries and the family's cats were saved by firefighters. Most of the damage to the home was contained in the roof, attic and second floor.

Newman complimented firefighters for another aspect of their operation.

"Your guys are very quiet when they fight a fire," Newman said to Fire Chief Joe Kelley. "I live a couple doors away from that house on Tyler and I didn't hear a thing at that night. I slept right through it."

Kelley said he always appreciates compliments for his department, "and this is the first time I've been told we were quiet."

Trustees honored the Class 3A state champion Morton High School baseball team. Coaches were presented a framed copy of a proclamation and the team received a trophy.

Steve Stein can be reached at 686-3114 or stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.