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CITY OF MACOMB

 

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MAY 20 through JUNE 8

 

 

This National Champion Drum and Bugle Corps will be housed on WIU’s campus for three weeks as they prepare for their national tour. The corps is a long-standing member of Drum Corps International (DCI), having been a DCI World Championship Top Twelve Finalists every year since 1974 and DCI World Champions in 1996 and 2008.

 

All their practices will be open to the public, with one final performance on Friday, June 8.

 

More information about rehearsals/shows will be shared as we receive it.

 

Please be sure to make them feel welcome!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

DEPOSITING OF LEAVES AND GRASS ONTO CITY STREETS

Spring has definitely arrived in the City of Macomb. With the change, many residents find themselves outside clearing leaves for disposal and mowing their grass. City residents are reminded that when leaves or other debris is willfully placed in the city streets the city’s storm water inlet system may become clogged and create a hazardous situation for drainage during rain events. Clogged inlets can and do lead to flooding of the streets which may create unsafe driving conditions as well as storm water drainage issues on private property. The City has an ordinance that prohibits this type of activity:

“The City of Macomb Municipal Code Article 1. IN GENERAL; Sec.20.2. Deposit of waste and harmful materials in public places. (a) It shall be unlawful 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.”

Residents are encouraged to comply with the above-mentioned ordinance to avoid be issued an ordinance violation summons.

The yard waste site will be open Thursday-Sunday at no added cost for residents wishing to dispose of leaves and other yard waste materials. The City Yard Waste Site is open Thursday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The City Public Works Department appreciates the cooperation of residents during the Spring season.

OAKWOOD CEMETERY MARKER DEDICATION

There will be an Oakwood Cemetery Marker dedication ceremony held at the main entrance of Oakwood Cemetery on North Randolph Street, on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The rain location for this event will be the Macomb City Hall Community Room.

A reception will be held immediately following the dedication ceremony, at 10:30 a.m., at the Macomb City Hall Community Room. Mr. William Furry, Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society will be in attendance at this event. This event is being held in conjunction with the State of Illinois Bicentennial. The public is invited to attend.

FLAGS OF LOVE

Mayor Inman and the Flags of Love Committee announce that the Flags of Love will be displayed in Chandler Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 from 6 am until 6 pm with the volunteer help of the Kiwanis Club and the Masonic Lodge #17 and community volunteers.

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

CITY WIDE CLEAN UP

The City of Macomb and Waste Management request the assistance of the citizens of Macomb in the Spring City-Wide Clean-Up May 14 – 17, 2018 followed by a second pickup on the Monday route on May 21. 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.

 

 

NO STICKER YARD WASTE PICK UP

The “No Sticker” Spring Yard Waste Collection will begin Monday, March 26, 2018 through Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Yard waste must be placed in Kraft-type paper bags, marked cans or bundles. Bags, bundles or cans may not exceed 50 lbs. Brush and branches must be cut to 4-foot lengths and tied with twine only into bundles less than 2-feet in diameter. Bundles may not exceed 50 lbs. Bundles tied with wire will not be collected. Waste Management totes may not be used for yard waste.

New Locomotives Serving Amtrak Riders in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new locomotives are now serving Amtrak customers in Illinois, a major step toward replacing the fleet that operates on passenger rail lines throughout the Midwest. As part of its commitment to providing safe, convenient, cost-effective and reliable options for the traveling public, IDOT is overseeing the production of the new locomotives, which ultimately will result in a smoother, faster and safer experience for riders in multiple states.

“We are proud to have led the effort to bring these attractive, modern locomotives to Illinois and our other state partners,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “Passenger rail customers will benefit the most by enjoying a ride that’s more reliable and more comfortable as they travel between our state’s great communities, institutions and attractions.”
Illinois has received 12 locomotives that are being put into revenue service on Amtrak routes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg service between Chicago and Quincy, the Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Saluki/Illini service between Chicago and Carbondale, and the Lincoln Service between Chicago and St. Louis.
A total of 33 will be delivered by January, with California and Washington receiving additional units as well. Approximately 2.6 million passengers ride Amtrak in the Midwest each year, with more than a million of those riders in the hub state of Illinois. The new fleet of locomotives, which will be owned by the states and leased to Amtrak, is branded “Amtrak Midwest.”

“Our individual Amtrak Midwest routes are made even stronger by being a part of a network of connecting trains, stations and reservation systems, which are a product of our state partners working together under the Amtrak umbrella,” Amtrak Senior Director Michael Franke said. “These locomotives will power that Amtrak Midwest brand, bringing even better service to our customers.”
Manufactured by Siemens in Sacramento, Calif., the new fleet offers numerous advantages over the locomotives currently used by Amtrak, such as lower maintenance costs, reduced fuel consumption and quieter operation.

Powered by a Midwest-made 4,400 horsepower Cummins QSK95 diesel engine, the locomotives will be able to operate at speeds up to 125 mph, with faster acceleration and braking for better on-time reliability. They meet all of the latest safety regulations and feature better traction for improved performance.

They also are the first higher-speed passenger locomotives to meet the highest federal environmental standards, meaning a 90 percent reduction in emissions and a two-thirds reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous locomotives that are more than 20 years old.

Purchased through $216.5 million in federal funds, the locomotives are just one part of a larger effort to improve passenger rail service in Illinois and the Midwest. Foremost among these are the improvements being made on the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor, which includes rebuilt tracks, new or upgraded stations in six communities, and crossing and signal improvements that will lead to improved safety, reliability, speed and convenience.