Announcements

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING

As in years past, Halloween Trick or Treating in Macomb will be held on October 30th (Wednesday) and October 31st (Thursday). Hours will be 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Please leave a porch light on if you wish to hand out treats.

Please use extra caution while driving through neighborhoods during these evenings.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!!!!

 

CITY-WIDE FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING

The City of Macomb Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the City on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. We will continue to flush our entire water distribution system throughout the fall.

Fire hydrants will be flushed on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.

Please be advised that flushing may cause some discoloration of water. This does not represent a health hazard. However, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur. If you experience discolored water, avoid using hot water until discoloration clears and run your cold water for approximately 5-10 minutes to clear your service line.

If you do have any laundry damaged by discolored water, avoid drying the clothes. Rust remover can also be picked up at the Public Works building located at 233 Center Street between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Please also be advised that if the system pressure in the area of your residence drops below 20psi during flushing you will be issued a “boil order”. This is a precautionary measure in order to assure your safety, and the “boil order’ will be lifted once water samples have satisfactorily passed analytical testing at an independent laboratory.

Please report extended discoloration, and any concerns to the Water Treatment Plant at 309-836-3916.

The Public Works Department regrets any temporary inconvenience you may experience; however, the flushing program is necessary to maintain a good water supply for both firefighting and domestic consumption.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

FALL NO STICKER YARD WASTE PICK UP

The “No Sticker” Fall Yard Waste Collection will begin Monday, October 7, 2019 through Thursday, November 28, 2019.

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, NOVEMBER 28, 2019, WITH OR WITHOUT A STICKER.

COOLING CENTERS – CORBIN AND OLSON HALLS, UNIVERSITY UNION

MACOMB, IL — Due to the extreme summer temperatures and high humidity that will affect the region this week, two of Western Illinois University’s residence halls and the University Union are designated as cooling centers for area residents.

Corbin and Olson commons will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 through 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21 for anyone in need of a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are located on the first floors of Corbin and Olson halls.

The University Union is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday. The Union is closed Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University union Bookstore entrance and on the first floor near the Office of Student Activities.

Burger King is open in the University Union 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in the Corbin-Olson Dining Center (hours subject to change). for dining hours, visit wiu.edu/student_services/dining/index.php.

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT HEAT ADVISORY CHANGE IN PICK-UP TIME

Beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Waste Management will be starting their routes one-half
hour earlier than normal, due to the severity of the heat index. The starting time will be 5:30 a.m. This schedule will continue until further notice.

Waste Management suggests residents place their carts at the curb the night before their scheduled pickup day.

We appreciate the cooperation of our residents during this heat advisory.

Enterprise Zone Information

Contact: Office of Community Development
City of Macomb
309-833-4944

From the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation:

The Macomb/Bushnell Enterprise Zone offers distinctive local incentives to enhance business development efforts. Local incentives include a nearly 100% property tax abatement on the total assessed increased valuation of improvements, waiver of permit fees, streamlined building code and zoning requirements, and access to local revolving loan funds (RLF). Additionally, the state permits a sales tax exemption on all permanently affixed building materials when purchased from a qualified retailer.

CITY OF MACOMB ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION FOR 2019

The City of Macomb and Western Illinois University announced that final plans have been made for the 2019 annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Events will take place in Q-Lot, on the Western Illinois University Campus. Q-lot is located on University Drive on the east side of Western Hall. Gates will open at 5:00PM. All activities will take place in “Q-lot” and in addition to the Macomb Municipal Band, The King Graffiti Band from Macomb, Il, will provide musical entertainment. The “presentation of the colors” will be conducted by the combined Honor Guard from Macomb American Legion Post #6 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1921. Folks attending are encouraged to park in Qlot, bring lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment and food vendor. The food vendor this year is Hy vee and Boss Food Truck, which will be set up on the south side of Q-lot. The entertainment stage will be placed in the southwest corner of Q-lot. “Bring your family and friends and enjoy the Macomb Municipal Band, The King Graffiti Band, and food before the fireworks display,” Mayor Mike Inman said. “Entertainment will begin at 5:30PM this year and will go until 9:00PM,” Inman added. The fireworks display will start at approximately 9:15PM. In the event of rain, the fireworks display will take place on July 5th, same time and location.

“We are grateful for the partnership we have with WIU and the use of their facilities,” stated Mayor Inman. More information can be found at Facebook\downtownmacomb or at www.cityofmacomb.com

Enterprise Zone Information

Enterprise Zone Information

From the Office of Community Development:

Starting July 1, 2019 the Office of Community Development will begin charging building permit fees to all applicants in the Enterprise Zone who choose not to apply for an enterprise zone abatement. That is, only those projects that apply for the material sales tax abatement would have their building permit fees waived.

From the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation:

The Macomb/Bushnell Enterprise Zone offers distinctive local incentives to enhance business development efforts.  Local incentives include a nearly 100% property tax abatement on the total assessed increased valuation of improvements, waiver of permit fees, streamlined building code and zoning requirements, and access to local revolving loan funds (RLF).  Additionally, the state permits a sales tax exemption on all permanently affixed building materials when purchased from a qualified retailer.

Purple & Gold Day April 24

Join your fellow WIU Leathernecks for Purple & Gold Day April 24. From 5-7 p.m. April 24, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to attend the Macomb Purple & Gold Day at the Sports Corner in downtown Macomb.The tradition of celebrating Purple & Gold Day at Western began April 24, 2000, with the close of the University’s 100-year celebration. The date in 2000 marked the 100-year anniversary of the day in 1899 when the Illinois Legislature approved the creation of what would become WIU.