Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday morning for a ceremony to mark the opening of the East Main Street underpass. It will allow emergency vehicles and other drivers to get around that part of town without being stopped by trains.
Members and employees of the Elks Lodge in Macomb are credited with helping save the life of one of the city's aldermen. During this week's city council meeting, Fourth Ward Alderman Tom Koch publicly thanked them.
City leaders received the news they hoped to hear from the state of Illinois. The state awarded Macomb a nearly $1.2 million grant to help pay for the second and final phase of the Historic Courthouse Square Revitalization project.
A renewable energy provider is interested in purchasing the last land available in Macomb's business park. Mayor Mike Inman said Sunrise Energy Ventures out of Minnesota wants to build a solar garden, which is a smaller version of a solar farm.
Mayor Mike Inman said businesswoman Kay Ruggles brought the idea for Flags of Love to Macomb after seeing a similar display in southeast Iowa. Inman said the original goal was to fly 100 American flags in Chandler Park.
I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in Washington DC and Springfield - have not been working very well in the past few years. Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything.
Former Macomb alderman Ryan Hansen will continue to privately manage Spring Lake Park for the next five years. The new contract goes into effect when the current three-year agreement expires at the end of December, 2017.
The street that goes through the heart of the Western Illinois University is in poor condition right now. All the traffic -- especially from buses and trucks - has been tough on the asphalt road so the city plans to remake Western Avenue during the summer months.
Lackluster volunteer support for the Flags of Love display had Macomb city leaders wondering whether it was time to end the tradition. But it appears the community would like it to continue. More than 200 volunteers showed up in Chandler Park first thing Friday morning to help with the display.
Glenwood Pool in Macomb dates back to the 1940s and Park Board John Hemingway said the pool is showing its age. The pool was open for just a few weeks this summer because of various problems, and he questions whether it's worth putting more money into repairs to keep Glenwood going.
A routine inspection by the state, last fall, found Macomb’s Glenwood Pool had some structural problems and did not meet state standards. The issues identified center around the pool’s circulation and filtration systems as well as its drainage system.
Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.
Construction work is getting underway for a much anticipated public works project in Macomb. Meanwhile, delays in state and federal funding are forcing the city to reorganize some of its other infrastructure plans.
The city hoped to pay for a multi-million dollar facelift to the courthouse square with local sales tax revenue and a state grant. But it appears the state grant program won’t be offering money for at least another year.