Announcements

SOUTH RANDOLPH STREET OVERLAY TO BEGIN

Weather permitting, beginning Wednesday, September 20, 2017, United Contractors Midwest (UCM) will be working on South Randolph from Washington St. to Grant St. for a street mill and overlay project. The street will be closed intermittently to allow the work to proceed.

Starting Thursday, September 21, 2017 there will be no parking allowed on this street.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at 309.833.2821.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and want to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you.

Scott Coker
Public Works Director

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.

 

The Community Quality of Life Advisory Committee Announces the 2017 Quality of Life

Seven local residents have been selected to received McDonough County Community of Life Advisory Committee awards. The Committee makes such awards annually in September. This year’s theme was based around retired K-12 educators.

The 2017 award recipients are:

Raymond (Ray) H. Krey Jr.

Jeanne Nehls

Barbara Shrode

Waneen Stout

Debra Sullivan

Sue Holzwarth

Rhonda McKee

Ceremony Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Wesley Village Community Center, 1200 East Grant Street, Macomb

Members of the general public may attend this ceremony by purchasing a ticket at the door for $10. Those wishing to make reservations in advance may contact Lorraine Epperson, a member of the Award Committee Task Force, at 309-833-4577.

 

 

Downtown Revitalization Project Update 8-17-2017

United Contractors Midwest (UCM) has been working hard on laying the final surface on the Downtown Square. This process is a moving operation and in order to proceed in a timely manner, tomorrow, August 17th, contractors will be closing the East side of the square to lay the final surface. Monday, August 21st contractors will proceed with laying the final layer on the West side of the Square and traffic will be closed on the West side during this time.

Starting Tuesday, August 22nd, weather permitting, contractors will be striping all areas of the Downtown. This process will take two days to complete. Contractors will then be cleaning and tidying up any loose ends. The final wrap up meeting with contractors and engineers has been scheduled for next Thursday, August 24th at 2:00pm in the City Hall Community Room. The completion date for the Downtown Revitalization Project is August 25, 2017.

“This has been a great project to be a part of and I look forward to the community, visitors, and students enjoying our beautiful downtown,” stated Downtown Development Director, Kristin Terry.

ALL ABOARD FOR THE ECLIPSE

City of Macomb Downtown Development and the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce are happy to announce that Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) are encouraging eclipse viewers to avoid driving and instead travel to Downstate Illinois on the Illinois DOT sponsored Carl Sandburg train which runs from Chicago to Macomb. The eclipse occurs on Monday, August 21.
Tickets are available for same-day trips to and from Chicago, LaGrange and Naperville to five Western Illinois cities with an estimated 90 percent or better eclipse coverage. According to Vox.com, the eclipse coverage rate for Macomb will be 95.2%. Bicycles are accepted on the Carl Sandburg to and from all stops by reservation and with a nominal charge.

Macomb has several events to offer including arrival into their historic downtown, free public transportation via the Go West bus system, Western Illinois University and a delightful variety of shops and restaurants that are near the train depot. Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication will be hosting a COFAC Eclipse Viewing Party on the campus featuring live music, food and more. The party will run from 12:30-2pm. After the party, tour the beautiful WIU campus, then return to Historic Downtown Macomb and visit our many shops and restaurants or take a self-guided tour of our Downtown Sculpture exhibit and our famous Rocky on Parade bulldogs. Maps for these features will be available at the train depot. There is also taxi service available from the depot.
See the attached for more information on restaurants and activities in Macomb on August 21.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS:
Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria – 221 N. Randolph St.
Open at 4PM, try some of the best pizza in Downstate Illinois. BONUS! Monday is half-price pizza night!!
Domino’s Pizza — 123 W. Calhoun St.
An American favorite, fast and friendly
Sports Corner @ 124 — 124 N. Randolph St.
Open at 4PM, this sports bar features a large variety of pub favorites
Sweet Shack 2.0 — 113 E. Carroll St.
Stop in and grab a sweet treat and some iced coffee
Sullivan Taylor Coffee House – 119 S. Randolph St.
Gourmet coffees, teas, and baked goods
Chick’s on the Square – 103 South Side Square
Stop in for some delectably spicy chicken “lips” and other unique fare.
Louie’s Family Diner – 118 S. Lafayette St.
A classic American diner
The Old Dairy – 210 S. Lafayette St.
A variety of fresh homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

DOWNTOWN SCULPTURE EXHIBIT AND ROCKY ON PARADE MAPS AVAILABLE AT DEPOT.

GETTING TO WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (COFAC Eclipse Viewing Party)
Persons arriving in Macomb on the 10:58 am train can walk across the street to the City bus transfer and ride the MCPT/Go West bus. The Go West bus is fare free. For the trip to Hainline Theatre persons will need to get on route 16 North-West which leaves the City Center at 11:10am. This route will take persons to the Western Illinois University Campus and arrive at Hainline theater at approximately 11:24am. Riders will need to request off at the Browne Hall stop for Hainline Theatre (Eclipse viewing). For late arrivals or persons not wanting to head directly over to the Eclipse viewing, route 16 leaves the city center at :10 and :40 after each hour up until 3:40pm.
For the return trip from Hainline Theatre (eclipse viewing) to the city center, persons will want to be at the Browne Hall stop and catch one of the following routes:
16 NorthWest – departs Hainline Theatre (Browne Hall Stop) at 2:24pm to arrive at City Center at 2:40pm
departs Hainline Theatre (Browne Hall Stop) at 2:54pm to arrive at City Center at 3:10pm
departs Hainline Theatre (Browne Hall Stop) at 3:24pm to arrive at City Center at 3:40pm
departs Hainline Theatre(Browne Hall Stop) at 3:54pm to arrive at City Center at 4:10pm.
After the 3:54pm stop at Hainline Theatre, route 16 ends and persons will need to use Brown 5
Brown 5 – departs Hainline Theatre (Browne Hall Stop) at 4:37pm to arrive back at the City Center at 4:48pm (request off at Chandler Park stop)
-departs Hainline Theatre (Browne Hall Stop) at 5:07pm to arrive back at the City Center at 5:18pm (request off at Chandler Park stop)
-departs Hainline Theatre (Browne Hall Stop) at 5:37pm to arrive back at the City Center at 5:48pm (request off at Chandler Park stop)
The Carl Sandburg leaves Macomb to return to Chicago at approximately 6:18 pm. All routes above and other routes available to get around while you are in Macomb are posted at the City Bus Transfer Center or accessible online via at http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/go_west/routes/system.php#municipal

Corbin and Olson Halls, University Union: Cooling Centers

Due to the extreme summer temperatures and high humidity affecting the region, 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.-8 p.m. today (July 17) through Saturday, July 22 for anyone in need of a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are available in each residence hall.

The University Union is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. The Union is closed Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University Union Bookstore entrance.

Burger King is open in the University Union 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Burger King is closed Sunday.

Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in the Corbin-Olson Dining Center (hours subject to change):

Breakfast: 7-8 a.m. (Mon), 7:15-8 a.m. (Tues), 6:30-8:30 a.m. (Wed-Fri), closed Saturday.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri); closed Saturday.
Dinner: 4:45-5:30 p.m. dinner (Mon-Fri); closed Saturday.

GLENWOOD POOL OPENING

Through the cooperation of the Macomb City Council, City of Macomb Water Department Staff and the Macomb Park District, we are pleased to announce that Glenwood Pool will be open at noon on Friday, June 16th. It is opening with a $1.00 entry fee, and dollar lunches will be served by Hy-Vee and Pepsi from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will also be games and music. “We are happy to have the pool open for our residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Mike Inman. “I want to thank City Staff for working with Park District Director Rachel Lenz and her Staff and Trotter Contracting to get this accomplished,” added Inman. For pool hours of operation, please check the Macomb Park District website link at http://macombparkdistrict.com/glenwood-pool/.

COOLING CENTER FOR AREA RESIDENTS

With the hot summer temperatures forecasted to settle over the region the next 7-10 days, 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.-8 p.m. today (June 9) through Sunday, June 18 for anyone in need of a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are available in each residence hall.

The University Union is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University Union Bookstore entrance.

Burger King is open in the University Union from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in the Corbin-Olson Dining Center (hours subject to change): 7:15-8 a.m. breakfast, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. lunch, and 4:45-5:30 p.m. dinner

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.