|AMTRAK ADDING TRAINS FOR MIDWEST HOLIDAY TRAVELERS|
|CHICAGO - In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, America's Railroad® is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra trains and additional capacity on several routes in the Midwest. Amtrak will also operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet. Tickets sell out quickly so passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early for best availability and pricing.
Amtrak is adding extra trains and schedules to several of the Chicago hub corridors to downstate Illinois and to Michigan. Amtrak Lincoln Service and Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg trains are operated under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation and all Amtrak services in Michigan are under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Last year, Amtrak carried a record 772,211 passengers during the Thanksgiving travel period, the most ever for the holiday. Similar passenger counts are anticipated this year.
Amtrak is working hard to provide a hassle-free travel experience while connecting passengers with friends and family. These additional tips will help to ensure a smooth trip:
Purchasing Tickets: eTicketing is enabled on every train route throughout the nation. Travelers may purchase tickets early using Amtrak.com, Quik-TrakSM or ticket windows at staffed stations (where available), Amtrak mobile apps, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
* Avoid the Rush: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon or evening.
* Arrive Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure - at least 45 minutes beforehand if picking up tickets. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance and use Amtrak Red Cap agents to help you with your baggage.
* Check Train Schedules: Make sure to check holiday train schedules prior to arriving at the station with a helpful, online-only timetable provided by Amtrak.
* Carry Photo ID: Passengers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it may be requested aboard trains.
* Be Safe: Be aware of your surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, do not leave your bags unattended, and watch your step when boarding or leaving the train or when walking between cars when the train is in motion.
Amtrak - America's Railroad® - is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation's intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily - at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) - connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at blog.Amtrak.com, Like us on Facebook.com and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.
|Dickens on the Square Dec. 4th & 5th|
|Dickens on the Square Dec 4th & 5th - Downtown Macomb
Click here for details!
|FALL "NO STICKER REQUIRED" YARD WASTE PICK UP|
|The “No Sticker” Fall Yard Waste Collection will begin Monday, October 12, 2015 through Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Loose landscape waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, small branches not larger than ½ inches in diameter, etc. must be either bagged in Kraft paper bags, landscape waste bags or placed in trash containers labeled “yard waste” not weighing more than 50#. Brush and branches not exceeding three (3) inches in diameter may be bundled and tied with twine; such bundles shall be no longer than four (4) feet in length and three (3) feet in diameter. Bundles are to be tied with twine. Bundles tied with wire will not be collected. Do not place yard waste in the provided green Waste Management carts.
PLEASE NOTE WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL BE ENDING THEIR YARD WASTE PICKUP PROGRAM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015, WITH OR WITHOUT A STICKER.
|YARD WASTE SITE OPENING|
|The City's Yard Waste Site will be open on THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015. Hours will be Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
|RECYCLING FOR THE CITY OF MACOMB STILL ONGOING|
|With the closure of Bridgeway's Recycling Center, please be advised that Waste Management will continue to do recycling for the City of Macomb per their contract with the City. The 2015 schedule for recycling pickup is still in effect.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Mayor's Office at 833-2558 or the Public Works Department at 833-2821. Thank you.
|Waste Management 2015 Recycling Service Days Calendar|
|Waste Management 2015 Recycling Service Days Calendar
|Macomb utilizes CodeRED Emergency Notification system|
|The City of Macomb has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides Macomb officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city/county.
This system is only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database, this is an extremely important feature.
All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.
Click Here to register your phone number
|ON LINE PAYMENT OPTIONS|
|The City of Macomb is now offering the following options for on-line payments:
View and manage your water account
Pay your water deposit or monthly water bill
Pay parking tickets, ordinance violations and other miscellaneous fees.
Please visit the City of Macomb's website at www.cityofmacomb.com or the kiosk located in the hallway in City Hall next to the water counter for more information.
Please note that is is very important you enter your account number and service location exactly as shown on your bill. Also, please be careful to distinguish between the letter "O" and the number zero "0" when entering information.
If you would like to speak to someone regarding these options, please call the Water Department at (309)833.2031. Thank you.
|City seeking citizens to fill Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Positions|
|The City is seeking one citizen with a desire to be appointed to the Planning Commission. This is a non-compensated appointment.
The Planning Commission potentially meets the 2nd and 4th WEDNESDAY of each month, at 5:15 PM, at City Hall. The Planning Commission Deals with
Zone related issues, as well as land use issues and issues pertaining to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
Likewise, the City is seeking one individual to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Members are paid $10.00 per meeting that they attend. The Board of Appeals potentially meets the 1st and 3rd WEDNESDAY of each month, at 5:15 PM, at City Hall. The Board of Appeals deals primarily with issues dealing with requested variances to yard setbacks, lot sizes, building heights, replacement of non-conforming uses, etc.
There is currently one vacancy on both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Interested citizens must reside within the City Limits.
Contact the Office of the Mayor, 1st floor of City Hall, 8AM-1230P, 130P-5PM, M-F, to obtain a brief Questionnaire/Statement of Interest.
|Designated Holidays for Garbage Pickup|
|Holidays observed by Waste Management:
New Year's Day
|DISCHARGING GRASS AND DEBRIS ONTO PUBLIC STREETS|
|Discharging debris including grass clippings and leaves while mowing can cause storm drains and lines to become clogged when rain washes the debris into or on top of the storm drains. When wet, it can also potentially create a dangerous driving condition on the street. Finally, it is a violation of the Municpal Code:
Excerpt from Municpal Code:
Sec. 20-2 (a) Deposit of waste and harmful materials in public places; It shall be unlawfully to throw or deposit on any street, alley, sidewalk, gutter, or other public place any material which may be harmful to the pavements thereof, or any waste material, rubbish, grass, leaves, branches, glass, tacks, nails or other substances or articles.
Your Cooperation in following this ordinance would be much appreicated.
|TIME CHANGE FOR CITY OF MACOMB YARD WASTE SITE|
|Beginning Thursday, November 5, 2015 the yard waste site will change operating hours to 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This will address the loss of available day light hours.
Opening Days/Hours: Thursday –Sunday 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.