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.


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.

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


The City of Macomb would like to remind everyone with the winter weather anticipated that a snowfall of three (3) inches shall automatically constitute a snow emergency for the City of Macomb. It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow a motor vehicle to remain parked on a street that has been designated as a snow route in the city.

Streets that have been designated Snow Routes are:

Adams Street from Randolph Street to the west city limits.

Bower Road from University Drive to Jackson Street.

Calhoun Street from Campbell Street to Bonham Street.

Candy Lane its entire length.

Carroll Street from Lafayette Street to Western Avenue and from Randolph Street to Prairie Avenue.

Deer Road its entire length.

Dudley Street its entire length.

Grant Street its entire length.

Harmony Lane its entire length.

Jefferson Street its entire length.

Johnson Street its entire length.

Lafayette Street from Washington Street to Grant Street.

Maple Avenue its entire length.

Murray Street from Johnson Street to Western Avenue.

McArthur Street from Washington Street to Grant Street.

Pearl Street its entire length.

Pierce Street from Johnson Street to State Street.

Piper Street from Candy Lane to Pearl Street.

Prairie Avenue its entire length.

Randolph Street from Washington Street to Grant Street and from Calhoun Street to Glenwood Park.

Tower Road from Wigwam Hollow Road to Lafayette Street.

University Drive from Wigwam Hollow Road to Western Avenue, from Western Avenue to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette Street to Bower Road.

Ward Street its entire length.

Washington Street from Lafayette Street to Ward Street and from Campbell Street to White Street.

Western Avenue from Adams Street to University Drive.

Wheeler Street from Prairie Avenue to the east city limits.

White Street its entire length.

Wigwam Hollow Road its entire length.

The City of Macomb would appreciate your cooperation and patience and please help keep our streets safe for those who must travel.

Sidewalk Snow Removal

Recent changes have been adopted by the Macomb City Council in regard to SNOW and ICE removal from sidewalks. As contained in Ordinance 15-35, adopted by the City Council of the City of Macomb, in an effort to maintain safe and passable pedestrian sidewalk areas in zones that have been identified as either having high pedestrian traffic or being an area where safe and passable sidewalks was of great importance, being the School Zones, there is a mandate that property owners of these parcels that abut or front on a paved sidewalk, must remove the snow and treat the ice, if necessary.

If there is a snow event, being 3 inches of snow or more, or an ice event, then the Public Works Director shall declare a snow event mandating snow removal of sidewalks in the abatement zones. The Director will issue a statement to the City Clerk who will post the information on the City’s website, facebook page, and forward the statement to local radio stations and television stations. Property owners within the abatement zones will have 24 hours to remove the snow and ice following the public announcement. If the property owner does not remove the snow and ice then the City shall have the snow and ice removed and will bill the property owner for the cost of the removal.

PLEASE contact the Building and Zoning Office at the number listed below, prior to a snow or ice event if you feel you are without an ability to have the snow or ice removed and the City shall attempt to aid in suggesting alternate sources for complying with the snow and ice removal requirements.

The sidewalk is to be cleared of snow for a width of at least 48 inches or if the sidewalk is lesser than 48 inches in width then the entire width. If the snow or ice has become too hard to remove then the property owner responsible shall apply sand or other abrasive material to make pedestrian travel on the sidewalk reasonably safe. When conditions do not allow for the complete removal of ice and snow, the property owner shall remove the remaining ice and snow as soon as temperatures make removal possible.

All the information can be found in the City of Macomb’s Municipal Code Sections 20-54 through 20-57. The Municipal Code is available online or in the City Clerk’s office.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Building and Zoning, 309/833-4944, or the Office of the City Administrator, 309/837-0501, with any additional questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your cooperation and support in this effort to provide safe and passable sidewalks.

On Line Payment Options

The City of Macomb is now offering the following options for on-line payments:

View and manage your water account

Pay your water deposit or monthly water bill

Pay parking tickets, ordinance violations and other miscellaneous fees.

Please visit the City of Macomb’s website at or the kiosk located in the hallway in City Hall next to the water counter for more information.

Please note that is is very important you enter your account number and service location exactly as shown on your bill. Also, please be careful to distinguish between the letter “O” and the number zero “0” when entering information.

If you would like to speak to someone regarding these options, please call the Water Department at (309)833.2031. Thank you.