Announcements

$220 Million in BIG Funds for Small Business Available

Round 2:  A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions – representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring.  

The second wave of funds includes the following provisions to ensure a wide distribution of funds geographically and across business type:

  • Heavily Impacted Industries – $60 million for heavily distressed industries, such as movie theatres, performing arts venues, concert venues, indoor recreation, amusement parks, and more.
  • Disproportionately Impacted Areas – $70 million set aside for DIAs, defined by zip codes identified by the General Assembly for communities that are most economically distressed and vulnerable to COVID-19.  A map of DIAs can be accessed HERE.
  • Downstate Communities – DCEO has committed to ensuring that at least half of all remaining funds, totaling more than $100 million, are reserved for businesses in downstate and rural communities of Illinois.
  • Priority Businesses– Apart from the $60 million for heavily impacted industries, applications from the following types of businesses will be prioritized for review for remaining funds:  businesses directly affected by regional mitigations implemented by the state or local governments, independently owned retail, tourism- and hospitality-related industries including accommodations, and more.
  • Agriculture – $5 million of the remainder of funds will be set aside for livestock production disruptions. Applications will be available in the coming weeks from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
  • Grants and Loan Forgiveness for Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan recipients – As authorized by the General Assembly, DCEO will offer grants for businesses that have incurred eligible costs to offset loans received under the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan program.  This round of loan forgiveness and grants will go to businesses that have received loans or remain on the wait list and the program will sunset going forward as DCEO and its partners focus on making BIG awards.

Businesses outside the categories listed above are also eligible to apply and receive funding under the program but may be reviewed later than priority businesses. All businesses will receive a decision on their grant application within four to six weeks of application submission.

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx

Council Meeting Attendance and Public Comments

The Macomb City Council resumed meeting in person July 6th. Subsequently, effective Monday August 3rd the public can attend and make public comments in person. City Council meetings will no longer be available via “Zoom” and public comments will no longer be accepted via mail or email.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing measures and face coverings will be required in City Hall. Temperatures will be recorded for all attendees upon entry to the meeting room.

City Council meetings will continue to be streamed on the City’s YouTube page at bitly.com/macombyoutube and can be viewed on Comcast channel 15. Meeting agendas and minutes are available on this site.

The passing of Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing, earlier today, of the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian. “The Rev. Dr. Vivian distinguished himself by being a lifelong, passionate advocate for racial and social justice, an icon in the American Civil Rights movement and a force for social change– not only in the United States but around the world”, said Macomb Mayor Michael Inman “The world has lost a giant voice and a determined laborer for racial equity”, Inman added

The Rev. Dr. Vivian came to Macomb with his family as a small boy but left as a strong, determined man–having spent his formative years in Macomb—attending Lincoln grade school, graduating from Macomb High School and attending Western Illinois University.

The entire Macomb community sends our sincere condolences to the Rev. Dr. Vivian’s family and extends our gratitude to them for sharing him with us.

City Council and Staff to View Presentation by Noted Antiracist Author after Council Meeting

The Macomb City Council and staff will view a web-based presentation by Ibram X. Kendi, noted author of “How to Be an Antiracist” following the City Council meeting on Monday. Council and staff will view Mr. Kendi’s presentation, live, in the City Hall Community Room on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Members of the public who wish to view the presentation at their homes may register to view the online broadcast at: bitly.com/antiracist2020.

 

CITY WIDE CLEAN UP ANNOUNCED

The City of Macomb and Waste Management request the assistance of the citizens of Macomb in the Spring City-Wide Clean-Up Aug 10 – 13, 2020 followed by a second pickup on the Monday route on Aug 17. Residents should place their refuse and trash curbside no earlier than 48 hours before their regular garbage pickup day. Clean up begins at 6:00 a.m. on your normal pick up day. Unfortunately, some residents are not placing their refuse and trash out until after the crews have passed their homes, which necessitate contractors and city crews to retrace their steps, prolonging the time and resources devoted to the effort. Mayor Mike Inman encouraged city residents, “This is a beneficial service provided to the community. On-time placement of refuse and trash keeps the cost down and reduces the neighborhood unsightliness associated with the program.”

Residents are advised that refuse and trash should be placed in containers or bundles weighing less than 50 pounds. Sturdy bags, including plastic trash bags, will be permitted containers for this event only. “White goods” and bulk items are to be placed as close to the curb as possible. Loose refuse and electronics are not permitted.

Other items not included in the pick up are: Yard Waste, Liquid Waste (paint, motor oil, thinner), Hazardous Waste (gasoline, propane, chemical wastes, insecticides/pesticides), Electronics (TV’s, Computers, Fax/Copy Machines, Cell Phones, Stereo Equipment), Tires, Batteries, Large Auto Parts, Construction and Demolition Debris, or Concrete Preparation.

July 6, 2020 City of Macomb Council Meeting

With the State moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and the ability for up to 50 persons to gather while following social distancing and wearing face coverings, the Macomb City Council will meet in person.

The public will be allowed to enter City Hall and the Council chambers. Overflow seating will be in the Community Room and the meeting will be streamed via YouTube.

• PUBLIC COMMENT – Public Comment will be conducted as usual near the beginning of the meeting with the standard three (3) minute time limit. In addition to speaking at the meeting, the public will be able to submit their comments in two ways;

1. E-MAILED – Public comments can be submitted via email to publiccomments@cityofmacomb.com with the subject “Public Comment” up until 3pm the day of the meeting. The City Clerk will read emails received out loud (up to 3 minutes) into the public record.

2. MAILED – Public comments can be mailed to the City of Macomb, 232 E. Jackson, Macomb IL 61455. Please include “City Council Public Comment” on the outside of the envelope. Please know that postage delivery time could cause the mailing to arrive after the meeting time.

• AGENDA —Posted at www.cityofmacomb.com

• MEETING VIDEOS – The meeting videos will continue to be aired on Channel 15 and streamed live on the City’s YouTube page at www.bit.ly/macombyoutube

FLAGS OF LOVE

Mayor Inman and the Flags of Love Committee announce that the Flags of Love will be displayed in Chandler Park on the Fourth of July, Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the volunteer help of the Elks & Eagles Clubs members and all who would like to volunteer.

Per Illinois State Guidelines, face coverings will be required of all volunteers. The Flags of Love Committee will provide hand sanitizer to the volunteers.

In the event of inclement weather and the need to cancel, there will be a red ribbon on a pole on the southeast corner of Chandler Park.

June 29, 2020 City of Macomb Special Council Meeting Notice of Meeting by Teleconference

Due to the essential nature of public meetings in conducting official City business and in line with the prohibition of gatherings, the upcoming Monday, June 29, 2020 City of Macomb meeting will take place via teleconference utilizing Zoom Video Communications.
The Council will not attend and there will be no Public or Press allowed in person at the meeting, but alternative methods will be used.
• MEETING START TIME – Council meeting will start at 5:15 p.m.

CONNECTION DETAILS – https://zoom.us/j/92838485214 (ID: 928 3848 5214)

or call 1 312 626 6799 with ID: 928 3848 5214

• PUBLIC COMMENT – Public Comment will be conducted as usual near the beginning of the meeting with the standard three (3) minute time limit. To ensure the public will be able to participate the city is providing three ways in which the public can submit their comments. The public will be asked to identify themselves if they connect to the Zoom meeting.

1. TELECONFERENCED — Public is invited to participate via Zoom Video Communications using connection details. When the presiding officer calls for public comments during the meeting, an attendee wishing to speak by video and/or audio link will be asked to “raise hand”.

A. If using a PC or Mac:
1. During a meeting, click on the icon labeled “Participants” at the bottom center of your PC or Mac screen.
2. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labeled “Raise Hand.” Your digital hand is now raised. The meeting presiding officer will recognize you to speak for not more than three minutes.
3. After speaking, lower you hand by clicking the same button, now labeled “Lower Hand.”
B. If using a mobile device:
1. Tap “Raise Hand” at the bottom left corner of the screen. The hand icon will turn blue and the text below it will switch to say “Lower Hand” while your hand is raised.
2. The meeting presiding officer will recognize you to speak for not more than three minutes.
3. After speaking, lower you hand by clicking the same button, now labeled “Lower Hand.”
C. Call in via phone with connection details.
i. When the presiding officer calls for public comment the audio will be unmuted and individuals can provide public comment.

2. E-MAILED – Public comments can be submitted via email to publiccomments@cityofmacomb.com with the subject “Public Comment” up until 3pm the day of the meeting. The City Clerk will read emails received out loud (up to 3 minutes) into the public record.

3. MAILED – Public comments can be mailed to the City of Macomb, 232 E. Jackson, Macomb IL 61455. Please include “City Council Public Comment” on the outside of the envelope. Please know that postage delivery time could cause the mailing to arrive after the meeting time.

• SOCIAL DISTANCING – Public meetings will be conducted via teleconference/virtually utilizing Zoom Video Communications to insure recommended social distancing.

• AGENDA — The meeting agenda follows this page and is posted at www.cityofmacomb.com and on the exterior of City Hall, 232 E. Jackson, Macomb, IL.

• MEDIA – Members of the media may stay on the zoom connection after the meeting concludes to interview the Mayor, Council or City staff.

• NOTICE – Members of the public participating in the meeting via Zoom will be muted unless recognized by the presiding officer to speak. Participants joining the meeting via Zoom agree that video and/or audio from their computer or device may be broadcast to other meeting participants and may be recorded. By joining the meeting, participants also agree that their video feed to the meeting may be disabled by the presiding officer and their audio feed may be muted.

• MEETING VIDEOS – The meeting videos will continue to be aired on Channel 15 and can be viewed on the City’s YouTube page at www.bit.ly/macombyoutube

• QUESTIONS — Questions about the teleconference meeting may be directed to City Administrator, Scott Coker scoker@cityofmacomb.com (309) 837-0501.