Monmouth will receive $10,000 from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund. The state received 113 applications for the grant program. Just 14 winners were selected.
Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said his city was the only municipality chosen.
“That’s pretty exciting, and to be a municipality that’s not like Chicago but a little bitty town of 9,400 people in the cornfields, it’s a great honor,” Schuytema said. “We’re looking forward to delivering some good work and sharing it.”
Monmouth will use its broad sidewalks around the town square to make the area more inviting while offering an opportunity for business expansion.
Community Director Paul Schuytema says the cafe seating ordinance will allow restaurants to provide outdoor seating on the public right-of-way on those broad sidewalks.
He says, “In light of the development that we're trying to do downtown...an ordinance like this becomes a really nice recruitment tool to bring restaurants that we don't yet have in the downtown into some of the areas that are going to be developed.”