My street hasn’t been plowed yet.

The city plows all emergency routes first, once completed the Public Works Department will be plowing secondary and residential streets.

They plowed my driveway shut and I just cleaned it, they need to come back and clear my driveway entry.

As residential streets are plowed there may be a windrow of snow which occurs at the end of driveways. Regrettably, this is unavoidable and residents are expected to clear their driveways.

I use the alley to get in and out of my garage. The city needs to get my alley plowed right away.

Once all emergency routes have been plowed the Public Works Department will address the residential areas. What is your address and I’ll let Public Works know this alley has been requested to be plowed.

The snowplow knocked down my mailbox.

May I have your address and phone number for the Public Works Department. Someone from Public Works will contact you for damage assessment and repair or replacement as needed.


My sidewalk needs to be cleaned and salted.

By City Ordinance, sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjoining property owner. Residents are expected to keep sidewalks safe as possible.

City of Macomb Snow Removal Details

As the Public Works Department continues to clean up from the recent winter storm, we wanted to remind everyone of the City’s codes and PW’s processes.

Snow and Ice Operations: Public Works removes snow and ice from every dedicated city street by a combination of salting and plowing. One complete pass through the City takes at least seven hours after the snow has stopped and may take longer depending on the severity and duration of the storm.

Public Works first priority is to clear snow routes and other major streets to enable safe travel for emergency vehicles, public transit, commuters and school buses. Secondary and residential streets are cleared after the snow routes and major streets are open.

Plowing operations frequently leave a windrow of snow at the end of driveways and on the adjoining sidewalks. Regrettably, this is an unavoidable consequence of plowing operations. Residents are expected to clear driveways and sidewalks of these windrows. Please do not throw the snow back into the street.

When adverse weather occurs, motorists are reminded to leave a few minutes early, drive slow and be considerate of other motorists and snow plow operators. Please do not pass a snow plow or follow a Public Works vehicle too closely as plowing and salting operations are potentially hazardous to you and your vehicle.

Snow Routes: All snow routes are posted. Parking is prohibited on snow routes when a snow emergency has been declared or when snow accumulations exceed three inches (3”), which automatically creates a snow emergency. Vehicles parked on a snow route during a snow emergency may be towed without notice. Snow emergencies typically last for about 24 hours. Listen to local radio stations and the City’s web and Facebook pages for advisories and details.

Keeping parked cars off of streets is required on snow routes and very helpful on other city streets as it enables the street to be plowed from curb to curb and eliminates problems resulting from cars being plowed in.

Encroachments: Items encroaching into or out over the street pavement or curb (particularly portable basketball goals) should be removed from the street right-of-way. From time to time snow plows may damage sod, vegetation, overhanging signs or mailboxes. Please report any damage to the public works department at (309) 833-2821. Public Works will make temporary repairs as necessary and permanent repairs in the spring.

Public Sidewalks: The removal of snow from sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjoining property owner. Clearing public sidewalks is important for the safety of pedestrians including school children, mail carriers, newspaper deliver people, etc.

Sidewalks in the designated abatement zones are required to be cleaned with 3” of snow accumulation, an accumulation of ice and freezing rain or upon an enforcement declaration.

Private Plowing: Persons plowing snow from private driveways and parking lots should not leave snow piled in the street or on public sidewalks. It is also inconsiderate to push snow across the street and leave it piled in a neighbor’s front yard.

Thank you for your cooperation!
City of Macomb
Public Works Department


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.

Street 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

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.


The “No Sticker” Fall Yard Waste Collection will begin Monday, October 8, 2018 through Thursday, November 29, 2018.

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.



As in years past, Halloween Trick or Treating in Macomb will be held on October 30th (Tuesday) and October 31st (Wednesday).

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.



On-line bill payment services not accessed from the City of Macomb website may not provide immediate payments to the City. For immediate payment, please go to the tab “On-line City Payments”, from City of Macomb website, to make your selection and access the GovPay system.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Macomb Water Department at 309.833.2031 or the City of Macomb Business Office at 309.833.8218.



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.