Busy Agenda On Tap for Monday’s Macomb City Council Meeting

Looks to be a fairly busy agenda for Monday’s regular meeting of the Macomb City Council. Leading the list, a public hearing on the proposed Downstate Small Business Stabilization application funded by Community Development Block Grant funds. On May 5, the city intends to apply to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for $134,600 in grants from the State CDBG program to provide working capital for six area businesses hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those businesses include CMK Jewelers and Repair, Nostalgia Decor and Gifts, Counseling Cares, Wilbur’s Mill Inc., doing business as The Forum/Two Dogs Bar, Magnolia’s Catering and Piece to Peace Treasurers.

Other items on the agenda include awarding the Safe Routes to School project contract to Laverdiere Construction in the amount of $235,206.60, and amending the boundaries for the city’s Residential Initiative and Stabilization Effort (RISE) program north of West Jackson Street, West of North Lafayette Street, south of West University Drive and east of Wigwam Hollow Road.

The council is also expected to remove the word “Interim” from the title of fire chief, making Rick Driskell the chief of the Macomb Fire Department.

The meeting starts at 5:15 Monday. It will be conducted remotely, meaning no members of the public can attend in person. Participation will be available on the Zoom Video Conferencing application.

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