Dean Torreson

More Funding Needed
6:50 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lamoine Hotel Rehab a “Complex” Project

The Lamoine Hotel building looks unchanged from the street, but it has a new roof and interior renovations have started.
Credit Rich Egger

A developer is still trying to secure all the funding needed to convert the old Lamoine Hotel building in downtown Macomb into assisted living apartments.

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Archery Deer Hunting
6:15 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Deer Hunting at Spring Lake to Require Trail Closures

Credit Wikimedia Commons / Environmental Protection Agency

A proposal before city council to allow archery deer hunting at Macomb’s spring lake would require a portion of the area’s trail system to close over the winter.

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Several Projects Underway
9:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Construction Crews Busy in Downtown Macomb

The Lamoine Hotel
Credit TSPR's Rich Egger

Public and privately financed construction projects will change and improve the look of downtown Macomb.

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Macomb City Council
9:54 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alderman Questions Spring Lake Contract

Spring Lake
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb Alderman At Large Thomas Koch is not convinced the city should be paying the park district to manage Spring Lake and Spring Lake Park.

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Dilapidated Properties
6:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Macomb Ready for Round Two of Fix or Flatten

Macomb City Hall
Credit Rich Egger

A city memo said the Macomb Community Development Office and the City Attorney Office have provided aldermen with another list of private properties to consider for the “Fix or Flatten” program.

Under the program, the city acquires and demolishes dilapidated buildings unless the owners act to bring them up to code.

City Attorney Kristen Petrie told aldermen the initial “Fix or Flatten” program this year spurred some property owners into fixing or tearing down structures before the city stepped in.

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Comments from June 18 Meeting
5:54 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Macomb Alderman Retracts Remarks

Tim Lobdell
Rich Egger

Sixth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell said he erred during an exchange with City Administrator Dean Torreson.  

The exchange during the June 18 City Council meeting concerned eight structures that are to be torn down as part of the city's Fix or Flatten program.

Torreson said he would ask contractors to submit a single bid for demolishing all eight. Lobdell contended that aldermen directed Torreson to seek bids on each individual structure. He said that direction was given the previous week during an executive session.

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The Gateway to WIU
11:08 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Macomb Ready to Roll on West Adams

West Adams Street at Charles Street
Rich Egger

The city council voted in favor of a resolution of support for seeking $1.1 million in federal grant funding for the West Adams Street revitalization project.

“This project is the gateway to Western Illinois University,” said Eric Moe of McClure Engineering. “It's often the first impression for newcomers to our community.”

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Campground Improvements
6:51 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Changes Coming to Macomb's Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake
Rich Egger

The city plans to lay out 100 new camp sites to the south and west of the existing campgrounds at Spring Lake Park.

City Administrator Dean Torreson told aldermen the development can be done in stages.

“Maybe 20 at a time or something like that, 25 at a time as we can afford it and as the market can absorb it,” Torreson said.

A city memo said once the project is completed, the city will rework some existing sites. That project will include installation of new utility lines.

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Fee For Rural Water Service
8:07 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Macomb Aldermen Balk at Paying Water Refund

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.

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Bollards & Floodlights
9:48 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

More Lighting for Macomb's Chandler Park

Bollards are already installed in the southern part of Chandler Park

It took some sorting out, but Macomb aldermen eventually agreed to have more lights installed at Chandler Park before next month's Heritage Days celebration.

Eleven electrical bollards will be added to the north side of the park. Bollards were installed in the southern portion of the park last year.

In addition, floodlights will be installed at the Chandler monument and the Civil War monument.

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