Macomb, IL – Winter living in the Midwest means having to deal with the inevitable snow storm now and again. Towns in Illinois are better equipped to deal with snow than those in other parts of the country - or are they? Western and central Illinois got hammered with a significant amount of snow on the first day of December. Some towns, such as East Peoria, are being praised for how quickly and efficiently they cleared roads following the storm. Other towns, including Macomb, are being criticized.
Montrose, IA – Montrose could end up paying several thousand dollars to re-affirm a recent appointment to the city council. Mark Holland was chosen, last month, to fill a vacancy. At the time, residents called for a special election. The price tag would be about $2000. As it turns out, Holland is the only person who turned in the necessary paperwork to be placed on the ballot for Tuesday's special city council election. In fact, City Clerk Celeste Cirinna says no one else took out nominating papers, from her office, though the documents are available online.
Montrose, IA – Montrose is once again making payments to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. For more than a year, Montrose has been collecting a waste management fee from residents. Instead of sending that money to the waste authority, the city was placing it in a separate fund. The city council has now authorized the reinstatement of Montrose's monthly payment of roughly $1600. The collected money, more than $38,000, is also being paid to the waste authority.
Carthage, IL – Carthage wants to alter a proposed water purchase agreement with Hamilton. Cartthge Mayor James Nightingale says Hamilton offered an agreement calling for the purchase of five million gallons per month, but he says the pipeline will not always carry that much. He says aldermen are proposing a guaranteed purchase of at least four million gallons per month to supplement the water from the Carthage Reservoir. Nightingale says the Hamilton city council is expected to vote on the issue next month. He says the city plans on a six-month contract.
Fort Madison, IA – Talks of a new multi-year economic development agreement could soon get underway in Lee County. Economic Development Director, Lowell Junkins, says a long-term commitment, between the county and Lee County Economic Development Group, would show stability and support for the future. LCEDG chairman, Mike Holtkamp, says the not-for-profit organization hopes to meet with the Board of Supervisors, after January 1, to start those discussions.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County will form a committee to review workers compensation claims before they're paid. Government Integrity and Oversight Committee Chairman Glen Foster believes there have been some instances of employees claiming compensation for injuries incurred away from the work place. He says the yet-to-be formed committee will develop a way to evaluate claims without violating privacy of employees. Foster says a procedure could be developed by next month's committee meeting. In January, the committee will meet as the Human Resources and Planning committee.