Scott Thompson

Rich Egger

Scott Thompson grew up in Rushville, and spent the past ten years in city government – the first four as an alderman, followed by six years as mayor.

Rich Egger

Mayor Scott Thompson will chair a commission that will study whether it’s feasible to implement zoning in Rushville.

Curtis Bisbee

Macomb is getting ready to work on its courthouse square. Repairs will be made to the streets and possibly the infrastructure underneath. The project gives the city, businesses, and residents a rare opportunity to re-examine the square and ensure it remains vibrant for decades to come.

Mayor Scott Thompson said the city has officially rolled out its new website.

Thompson said it's taken a year to get to this point because the city is doing the project in-house. He added it's still a work in progress.

“Is it sparkling and does it have all the cool features right now? No. But it looks nice, it's going to be functional, it's going to serve the purposes for which it's intended, and we'll grow it as we can,” said Thompson.

City of Rushville

Now that repairs are finished to the brick streets around Rushville's square, the city is turning its attention to Central Park.

One of the biggest projects will be renovation of the gazebo. Mayor Scott Thompson said the city won't have to foot the entire bill.

“This is the really cool thing: we have commitments from anonymous donors for at least $65,000 if not more,” said Thompson.

The old will meet the new in downtown Rushville when wireless Internet service is installed for Central Park.

“I'm not saying Rushville will be overrun by people needing that service, but it is a convenience and it's another element to attract people downtown,” said Mayor Scott Thompson.

Thompson said the service will be installed by Cass Communications, probably next month. The city has a one-year contract with the company, which will be paid just $150 per month.

“For all intents and purposes, we're their beta site,” Thompson said. “This is a first for them.”

Rushville will be required to spend little of its own money to replace more than 500 traffic control signs.

Mayor Scott Thompson said the county engineer has worked with the city on a grant application for nearly two years and the effort has finally paid off. The grant will cover 90% of the cost of replacing the signs and sign posts.

“It would have been virtually impossible for us to come up with the funds to do this on our own,” Thompson said. “Now we have the opportunity to do this, be compliant, and really for the cost of labor we're getting free signage.”