Macomb, IL – Macomb city council members have approved the low bid for a road improvement project, although one alderman has some concerns about the contractor. The work will be done on East University Drive from Route 67 to Bower Road, and on Bower Road from University to Route 136. The low bid of $537,921 was submitted by Laverdiere Construction. The company also did last year's upgrades on Grant Street. Alderman At Large Dennis Moon is not satisfied with the way that project turned out so he voted against awarding the bid for the latest project.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are contemplating several options for repairing the Franklin Street bridge near Randolph Street. The bridge was damaged a few months ago when a car ran into it. A subsequent inspection uncovered other problems. City Administrator Mike Hays says engineers have offered a handful of repair options ranging in price from $10,000 to $150,000. The cheapest would be to close the bridge to vehicles while leaving it open to pedestrians, but aldermen are not convinced that's the best way to go.
Beardstown, IL – Two Western Illinois men believe LaSalle's Fort Creve Coeur was not at Peoria, but near Beardstown. Marty Fischer of Macomb and his brother Bruce of Beardstown began their investigation after a historian suggested the site east of Quincy. Fischer says the lattitude matches what's in LaSalle's Journals. He also says the width of the river matches period descriptions of the width of the Illinois near Beardstown and before dams altered the shape of the river. In addition, he says travel times from other Illinois river sites more closely match to Beardstown than Peoria.
Canton, IL – Spoon River College will use part of a new bond issue to enhance its satellite campuses at Rushville and Havana. The college will issue $2 million in Bonds. About $1.6 million of that will purchase the Heilig-Meyers building in Macomb, which will be used for a new campus in that town. Board Chairman Dave Maguire says the balance of the bond issue will go towards renovating the other two campuses. He says the college is in discussion with two possible partners to come up with better facilities for Rushville. He says some expansion for Havana is also planned.
Canton, IL – Spoon River College will buy a new building to serve as its Macomb campus. The Board of Trustees has agreed to pay $1.6 million for the building that once housed the Heilig-Meyers furniture store and other businesses on East Jackson Street. Board Chairman Dave Maguire says the new building will provide about two-and-a-half times as much space to alleviate crowded conditions on the South Johnson Street campus. He says it will allow SRC to offer more career preparation courses in Macomb.