Announcements

REVISED – FLAGS OF LOVE

The Flags of Love Committee will hold a 40th anniversary recognition ceremony at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th, Veterans Day, to commemorate and recognize the folks that were involved in the original Flags of Love Project. Of those, only Leland Tweed Mummert, Robert Anstine and William Wayland are still with us and we will be honoring them with a plaque of recognition to celebrate what would be the 40th year of the Flags of Love. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event. There will be a brief ceremony at the Gazebo in Chandler Park at 3:45 p.m., immediately before the Flags of Love will come down for the final time this calendar year. In the event the Flags of Love are not flown due to weather conditions, the ceremony will take place at 3:45 in the Community Room of Macomb City Hall.

“The Flags of Love Committee, as well as the City of Macomb, feels it is important to recognize this significant milestone in this patriotic community endeavor,” said Macomb Mayor Mike Inman. “Mr. Mummert, Mr. Anstine and Mr. Wayland were instrumental in the formation of this project in 1977, and we think it is appropriate to recognize them on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of, what is now, more than 800 flags flying in this project,” Inman added.

 

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING

Halloween Trick or Treating for Macomb will be held on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31. Hours will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Please leave your porch light on if you wish to participate in handing out treats.

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

Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

 

CITY-WIDE FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING

The City of Macomb Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the City on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. 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.

 

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.

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT HEAT ADVISORY CHANGE IN PICK-UP TIME

Beginning Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Waste Management will be starting their routes a half hour earlier, due to the severity of the heat index.

Starting time will be 5:30 A.M. This schedule will continue until further notice.

Waste Management suggests residents place their carts out the night before.

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

CITY OF MACOMB CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK

May 21-27, 2017 marks the 57th anniversary of National Public Works Week. This week is designated to bringing awareness to the vital role of the Public Works Departments in each community. The support of an understanding and informed citizenry is vital to the efficient operation and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure, such as water, sewers, streets, storm water systems, lighting, public buildings, the city cemetery and the city forestry program. “The health, safety and comfort of our community greatly depends on these facilities and services”, said Macomb Mayor Michael Inman. “This week we recognize the important work of these qualified and dedicated professionals” Inman added.

Mayor Inman recognized the City of Macomb Public Works staff with a proclamation in their honor, which was presented by Macomb City Clerk, Melanie Falk.

City of Macomb Historic Homes Plaque Application

City of Macomb Historic Residential Home Plaque Program

Program Purpose
The City of Macomb Historic Residential Plaque Program is being initiated by the City of Macomb Historic Preservation Commission in cooperation with the McDonough County Historical Society in 2017, and up to four (4) homes may be recognized each year. The plaques, which appear on historic properties in Macomb, are a way to increase community awareness of architecturally and historically significant properties, which promotes a sense of pride in local historic preservation. Homeowners or organizations conduct research on the history of their property. Upon completion of an application and fee, the City of Macomb Historic Preservation commission reviews the application to see if the structure qualifies for a plaque, which is awarded based on the property’s architectural and/or historical merit during the month of June.

Application Process
The completed application form from the home research resource packet should be submitted with:
• An 8-by-10-inch current color photograph of the property illustrating structure or site features to be considered
• If possible an 8-by-10-inch historical photograph of the property illustrating structure or site features to be considered
• Documentation of research of the structure’s date, architectural style and other related historical significance

The application will be reviewed by the City of Macomb Historic Preservation Commission. If a property meets the appropriate criteria, the plaque may be approved for issuance. Arrangements will be made with the individual property owner for the plaque presentation in coordination with the annual Heritage Days celebration. Throughout the plaque application process, community development staff members and members of the Historic Commission are available for consultation. To use the Western Illinois University archives, contact the Archives in Malpass Library on the campus of Western Illinois University at 309-298-2717 for an appointment.

1.What is a City of Macomb Residential Historic Homes plaque?
The plaque recognizes Macomb residential homes considered architecturally and/or historically important to Macomb. It identifies homes that are significant to Macomb’s history through the integrity of their location, architecture, materials and historical association.
2.Does my home qualify?
The first step is to request a packet of information from the City of Macomb’s Community Development Office (309) 833-4944. The information includes resources for research that can also help owners in their quest for documenting the building’s age and prior ownership. You can contact the City of Macomb Historic Commissioners or WIU archives.
3.Will the plaque restrict remodeling or renovations I plan to do?
The plaque will not interfere with an owner’s rights in making changes or improvements to their property. However, the issuance of a plaque does not reflect or offer tax credits or abatements for rehabilitation projects or properties.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction Announcement

The City of Macomb is undergoing a major construction project to upgrade our Wastewater Treatment Facility. Construction of new high efficiency blowers, airlift pumps, air distribution lines, SCADA control system, and tertiary filtration upgrade and replacement as the Plant are financed by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. This project includes the replacement and upgrade of plant equipment that has exceeded its useful life. The total cost of the project is expected not to exceed $3 million and will be paid back over 20 years. Once complete, it will improve plant reliability and provide greater flexibility in the operation of the plant. SRF programs operates in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our valuable resources, water. For more information, feel free to contact the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Josh Peters at 309-833-2088 or Hanson Engineering at 217-747-9254.

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