Macomb's Courthouse Square

Ed Basch Leaving
11:20 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Macomb Looking for New Community Developer

Ed Basch
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch said the job always kept him on his toes during his nearly seven years with the city.

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Book & Record Shops
1:51 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Independent Stores in an On-Line World

Rich Egger

Once upon a time, browsing through a book or record store was one of life’s simple pleasures. But now many people prefer to browse on-line, which is making it more difficult for independent stores to remain in business, especially in small towns.

But there are independent stores that are finding ways to keep the doors open. One example is Stone Alley Books & Collectibles in Galesburg. Owner Ben “Stone” Stomberg said he once sold comics on-line. But when the Walden Bookstore in town closed, he got a loan and a grant from the city and set up shop on Seminary Street.

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Facade Alteration Denied
1:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Historic District Dilemmas for Macomb

Purdum Electric at 113 South Side Square
Rich Egger
  • The July 2 city council discussion
  • The on-air story

Macomb's downtown historic district presents the city with a chance to show off something unique. It also presents some challenges.

The big challenge facing aldermen this week concerned the level of oversight the city should have when building owners want to make changes to their facades.

Ron Purdum asked the city for permission to cover the seven-foot tall windows on the second floor of his building at 113 South Side Square.

“I see nothing wrong with it,” Purdum told aldermen. “It would eliminate the glass breakage. It would eliminate the heat loss or most of it.”

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City Council Discussion
8:14 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Plan in the Works for Macomb Street Repairs

Potholes in Macomb
Rich Egger
  • The city council discussion
  • The on-air story

There are plenty of streets in need of repair in Macomb and the city council is now looking at options to pay for the work.

Aldermen this week discussed whether to issue bonds.  Sixth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell said he's debated the idea for a while and now believes it's the city's best solution.

“I hope we see the long-term value in this. You're talking capital projects. They're going to be used in the future. Those people should be paying the interest debt on them in the future as well,” Lobdell said.

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