Clay Hinderliter

Rich Egger

Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Macomb aldermen are considering a proposal to allow archery deer hunting at Spring Lake.

Rich Egger

Some Macomb aldermen question whether enough is being done to fill empty storefronts on the courthouse square.

As Macomb prepares for the construction phase of its downtown revitalization project, the Farmers’ Market will need a new home.

Rich Egger

The candidates for alderman in Macomb’s fifth ward agree changes should be made to the city’s election process. But they have differing views of what should be done.

Incumbents Tim Lobdell and Clay Hinderliter were asked during the League of Women Voters candidates forum about the disputed outcome of the second ward contest.

Lobdell said the city needs to clarify its code.

Rich Egger

There will be two run-off elections for Macomb city council seats.

The closest race in the February 26 primary took place in the Ward 2, where Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand edged incumbent Kay Hill, 17 to 16.

However, County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes pointed out that in order to win outright in the Macomb primary, a candidate must earn 50% of the vote plus one. In the second ward, 33 votes were cast, which means 16.5 is equivalent to 50%. The “plus one” brings the threshold to 17.5 votes needed to win.

Rich Egger

Four seats are up for election on the Macomb City Council in the February 26 primary. The city has new wards as a result of the 2010 census.

Rich Egger

There are contested races for three of the four seats up for election on the Macomb City Council.

Second Ward Alderwoman Kay Hill will be challenged by Steven Wailand. Hill was appointed to the seat two years ago. Wailand is a student at Western Illinois University.

The race in the new fifth ward pits two incumbent city council members against one another. Clay Hinderliter represents the current seventh ward while Tim Lobdell is the sixth ward alderman. A third candidate – David Dunn – has also filed in the fifth ward.

A proposal that would have allowed people to raise chickens in Macomb laid an egg. A clear majority of the city council opposed the idea during the November 26 Committee of the Whole meeting.

“If we open this door, then the next thing you know it’s pot-bellied pigs or llamas. Now’s the time to stop that, right now,” said Third Ward Alderman Lou Gilbert.

Rich Egger

Those who own property in Macomb’s downtown historic district will be receiving a phone call from the city.

Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch told aldermen the district has been in place for more than two years so he believes it’s time for some feedback from those most directly impacted.

Basch thinks a phone survey will result in more responses than a mailed or web-based questionnaire. He said it’s a short survey of five questions.

Rich Egger

It could soon cost more if you violate certain ordinances in Macomb.

City staff researched the fines charged in other college towns in Illinois and drafted a proposal for aldermen to review.

“We're not trying to target anybody unless they target us,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter. “If they choose to do the right thing, everything will be fine.”

Aldermen will hold first reading of the changes on Tuesday, September 4.

For the most part, the fines will increase $50 if aldermen approve the changes.

Rich Egger

Aldermen are reviewing whether to alter the Facade Forgivable Loan Program based on recommendations from the City Council's Community Development Committee.

One proposal is to increase the city's share of the costs for facade improvements from 50% to 66%.

“That would mean if somebody had a $30,000 project, they could get $20,000 of that from us and $10,00 of their own money. If that's not incentive enough to put on their best face, I don't know what else we can do,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter.

Other recommendations include:

Macomb city council members want more information about a proposal to refund money to those who live outside the city limits who paid for a hook-up to the city's water service.

Macomb estimates it charged an average of $3,000 to the 18 people in question. Aldermen appear willing to lower the fee from this point forward but they're not sold on the idea of giving refunds.