Author: Melanie Falk

CITY WIDE CLEAN UP ANNOUNCED

The City of Macomb and Waste Management request the assistance of the citizens of Macomb in the Spring City-Wide Clean-Up Aug 10 – 13, 2020 followed by a second pickup on the Monday route on Aug 17. Residents should place their refuse and trash curbside no earlier than 48 hours before their regular garbage pickup day. Clean up begins at 6:00 a.m. on your normal pick up day. Unfortunately, some residents are not placing their refuse and trash out until after the crews have passed their homes, which necessitate contractors and city crews to retrace their steps, prolonging the time and resources devoted to the effort. Mayor Mike Inman encouraged city residents, “This is a beneficial service provided to the community. On-time placement of refuse and trash keeps the cost down and reduces the neighborhood unsightliness associated with the program.”

Residents are advised that refuse and trash should be placed in containers or bundles weighing less than 50 pounds. Sturdy bags, including plastic trash bags, will be permitted containers for this event only. “White goods” and bulk items are to be placed as close to the curb as possible. Loose refuse and electronics are not permitted.

Other items not included in the pick up are: Yard Waste, Liquid Waste (paint, motor oil, thinner), Hazardous Waste (gasoline, propane, chemical wastes, insecticides/pesticides), Electronics (TV’s, Computers, Fax/Copy Machines, Cell Phones, Stereo Equipment), Tires, Batteries, Large Auto Parts, Construction and Demolition Debris, or Concrete Preparation.

July 6, 2020 City of Macomb Council Meeting

With the State moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and the ability for up to 50 persons to gather while following social distancing and wearing face coverings, the Macomb City Council will meet in person.

The public will be allowed to enter City Hall and the Council chambers. Overflow seating will be in the Community Room and the meeting will be streamed via YouTube.

• PUBLIC COMMENT – Public Comment will be conducted as usual near the beginning of the meeting with the standard three (3) minute time limit. In addition to speaking at the meeting, the public will be able to submit their comments in two ways;

1. E-MAILED – Public comments can be submitted via email to publiccomments@cityofmacomb.com with the subject “Public Comment” up until 3pm the day of the meeting. The City Clerk will read emails received out loud (up to 3 minutes) into the public record.

2. MAILED – Public comments can be mailed to the City of Macomb, 232 E. Jackson, Macomb IL 61455. Please include “City Council Public Comment” on the outside of the envelope. Please know that postage delivery time could cause the mailing to arrive after the meeting time.

• AGENDA —Posted at www.cityofmacomb.com

• MEETING VIDEOS – The meeting videos will continue to be aired on Channel 15 and streamed live on the City’s YouTube page at www.bit.ly/macombyoutube

FLAGS OF LOVE

Mayor Inman and the Flags of Love Committee announce that the Flags of Love will be displayed in Chandler Park on the Fourth of July, Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the volunteer help of the Elks & Eagles Clubs members and all who would like to volunteer.

Per Illinois State Guidelines, face coverings will be required of all volunteers. The Flags of Love Committee will provide hand sanitizer to the volunteers.

In the event of inclement weather and the need to cancel, there will be a red ribbon on a pole on the southeast corner of Chandler Park.

June 29, 2020 City of Macomb Special Council Meeting Notice of Meeting by Teleconference

Due to the essential nature of public meetings in conducting official City business and in line with the prohibition of gatherings, the upcoming Monday, June 29, 2020 City of Macomb meeting will take place via teleconference utilizing Zoom Video Communications.
The Council will not attend and there will be no Public or Press allowed in person at the meeting, but alternative methods will be used.
• MEETING START TIME – Council meeting will start at 5:15 p.m.

CONNECTION DETAILS – https://zoom.us/j/92838485214 (ID: 928 3848 5214)

or call 1 312 626 6799 with ID: 928 3848 5214

• PUBLIC COMMENT – Public Comment will be conducted as usual near the beginning of the meeting with the standard three (3) minute time limit. To ensure the public will be able to participate the city is providing three ways in which the public can submit their comments. The public will be asked to identify themselves if they connect to the Zoom meeting.

1. TELECONFERENCED — Public is invited to participate via Zoom Video Communications using connection details. When the presiding officer calls for public comments during the meeting, an attendee wishing to speak by video and/or audio link will be asked to “raise hand”.

A. If using a PC or Mac:
1. During a meeting, click on the icon labeled “Participants” at the bottom center of your PC or Mac screen.
2. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labeled “Raise Hand.” Your digital hand is now raised. The meeting presiding officer will recognize you to speak for not more than three minutes.
3. After speaking, lower you hand by clicking the same button, now labeled “Lower Hand.”
B. If using a mobile device:
1. Tap “Raise Hand” at the bottom left corner of the screen. The hand icon will turn blue and the text below it will switch to say “Lower Hand” while your hand is raised.
2. The meeting presiding officer will recognize you to speak for not more than three minutes.
3. After speaking, lower you hand by clicking the same button, now labeled “Lower Hand.”
C. Call in via phone with connection details.
i. When the presiding officer calls for public comment the audio will be unmuted and individuals can provide public comment.

2. E-MAILED – Public comments can be submitted via email to publiccomments@cityofmacomb.com with the subject “Public Comment” up until 3pm the day of the meeting. The City Clerk will read emails received out loud (up to 3 minutes) into the public record.

3. MAILED – Public comments can be mailed to the City of Macomb, 232 E. Jackson, Macomb IL 61455. Please include “City Council Public Comment” on the outside of the envelope. Please know that postage delivery time could cause the mailing to arrive after the meeting time.

• SOCIAL DISTANCING – Public meetings will be conducted via teleconference/virtually utilizing Zoom Video Communications to insure recommended social distancing.

• AGENDA — The meeting agenda follows this page and is posted at www.cityofmacomb.com and on the exterior of City Hall, 232 E. Jackson, Macomb, IL.

• MEDIA – Members of the media may stay on the zoom connection after the meeting concludes to interview the Mayor, Council or City staff.

• NOTICE – Members of the public participating in the meeting via Zoom will be muted unless recognized by the presiding officer to speak. Participants joining the meeting via Zoom agree that video and/or audio from their computer or device may be broadcast to other meeting participants and may be recorded. By joining the meeting, participants also agree that their video feed to the meeting may be disabled by the presiding officer and their audio feed may be muted.

• MEETING VIDEOS – The meeting videos will continue to be aired on Channel 15 and can be viewed on the City’s YouTube page at www.bit.ly/macombyoutube

• QUESTIONS — Questions about the teleconference meeting may be directed to City Administrator, Scott Coker scoker@cityofmacomb.com (309) 837-0501.

City of Macomb RIPPLE Program Resident Incentive for Purchases to Promote the Local Economy

The Resident Incentive for Purchases to Promote the Local Economy (RIPPLE) program is an economic tool created by the City of Macomb to encourage our residents to patronize local businesses forced to close during the pandemic. RIPPLE provides a reimbursement to Macomb residents in the form of a credit on a future water bill for qualifying purchases at retail and restaurant establishments.

What’s Offered: $25 credit on your water bill
Who Qualifies: Each residential household within City of Macomb City limits. There is a limit of the first 2000 request forms received.
When: Purchases made at qualifying businesses, June 15 through August 31, 2020
Minimum Spent: A total of $150 at qualifying retail stores and local restaurants

Restrictions / Limitations
1. Authorized purchases: All Restaurants and qualifying retail stores are those considered non-essential and were closed by the Governor’s executive order (EO #2020-10) and include boutiques, gift shops, salons and clothing stores located within the City Limits.
2. Non-qualifying: are purchases at stores considered essential, such as grocery stores, fueling centers, home improvement stores, garden centers, and pharmacies which are excluded from this program.
3. Limit one credit per household.
4. Receipts must be dated between June 15 and August 31, 2020.
5. Proof of purchase (receipts) must be submitted with the credit request form.
6. Multiple purchases and/or gift cards may be combined to reach the minimum threshold for retail and restaurant purchases.
7. Credit request form must be submitted by September 30, 2020.
8. Credit will be applied to a future water bill; account must be in good standing to receive credit.
9. The first 2000 request forms received will be given rebates on their residential water bills.

How to Apply
To apply, complete the water bill credit request form below and submit it along with proof of purchase to the City of Macomb by mail to PO Box 377, City of Macomb, IL 61455, email to staff@cityofmacomb.com , or by utilizing the drop box at City Hall.

City of Macomb RIPPLE Program Water Bill Credit Request Form

Name:________________________________________________ Date:_______________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone No:_______________________

Water Account Number:_____________________________________________________________________

(Left Side of water Bill)

Purchase Locations:_________________________________________________________________________
(attach receipts) Due to City Hall by September 30, 2020.