Macomb

WIUM Local
2:56 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Parking Still Concern in Macomb Downtown Plan

Macomb Square
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb’s downtown revitalization committee is still unable to reach a decision on which plan to present to the city council.

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April 9, 2013
11:29 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Illinois Election Results - Cities/Villages

The results of city/village races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

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Paperwork Snafu
8:05 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Mistake Increases Cost for Macomb Project

Credit Rich Egger

How much is a paperwork mistake worth? In the case of a Macomb road project, the answer is about $125,000.

The project calls for improvements to the intersection of Bower Road and Route 136. The work will be paid for by the city, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and a grant through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).

The original low bid of $969,922 came from Laverdiere Construction.

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Replacing Old & Damaged Trees
5:45 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

City Tree Farm Possible for Macomb

This field could be used to start a city-owned tree farm in Macomb
Rich Egger

Older cities generally have some older trees. A city council member suggested Macomb be prepared for the replacement process by starting a tree farm.

Alderman At Large Dennis Moon said Macomb could use some city-owned land just east of Oakwood Cemetery to plant the trees.

"The newer part of Oakwood needs some trees. The older part is losing a lot of its trees because of storm damage and they are getting some age on them," Moon said.

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Wigwam Hollow Road
10:53 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Macomb Bridge Replacement Details Released

Looking north at the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge
Rich Egger

More information is now known about plans to replace the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge in Macomb.

A public hearing on the project was held during the City Council's September 4 meeting. Eric Moe of McClure Engineering said the bridge will be widened from 20 feet to 30 feet. A sidewalk will be added on the east side for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Moe said the bridge will be doubled in length to 200 feet. It will stretch from Jana Road to Woodland Lane. He said the new length will prevent floodwaters from topping the bridge.

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City Council Reviewing Changes
7:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Higher Fines Possible in Macomb

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.

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Downtown District Improvements
6:10 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Changes Possible for Macomb Facade Program

Facades on the southeast side of the Macomb Courthouse Square
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:

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Spring Lake Levels Down
10:00 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

No Water Conservation Yet in Macomb

A look at the shoreline shows water levels are down at Spring Lake in this photo taken August 6, 2012
Rich Egger

The City of Macomb has taken steps to ensure the water continues to flow this summer despite the drought.

Mayor Mike Inman said water from one of the city's deep wells is being pumped into Spring Lake, which is the city's water source.

“The water manager started pumping from one of our deep wells the first week of July,” Inman said.

“We're pumping roughly 800 gallons a minute from that deep well into the lake, trying to maintain the water level there.”

The city has two deep wells. Both are at Spring Lake.

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Macomb vs. Colchester
12:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

“The Game of the Year”

The participants in the re-creation of the "Game of the Year" at Macomb High School on Saturday, July 28.

Baseball teams from Macomb and Colchester were scheduled to play a five-game series in mid-1921.

The series was tied 2-2 after four games with the deciding 5th game scheduled for September 11.

The game was played at the Macomb fairgrounds in front of more than 1,600 people.

The contest was about to begin when a car pulled up and three of the infamous Chicago Black Sox (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte and Swede Risberg) got out and joined the Colchester team.

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Annexation Talks
7:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Macomb Looks to Grow West

Mayor Mike Inman
Rich Egger

Macomb is in talks with BNSF that could help the city expand. The plan is to annex the railroad's right-of-way westward to the future site of the Macomb bypass.

“Our primary goal is to take advantage of those folks willing to come in that are businesses -- commercial developments -- that bring sales tax revenue in to the city,” said Mayor Mike Inman.

He said the annexation might also increase the city's population base, though he feels that would be “icing on the cake.”

Inman said Macomb and BNSF have been in negotiations for the better part of a year.

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