Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly Announces Endorsements in April 7 Election The Legislative Committee of Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly, representing more than 13,000 union members and retirees in Macon County, has announced their endorsements for the offices of Decatur Mayor, City Council, and Park Board. In the race for Decatur Mayor, they have endorsed G. E. Livingston. In the race for Decatur City Council, they have endorsed Bill Faber and David Horn. In the race for Decatur Park Board, they have endorsed Bob Brilley and Stacey Young. The committee also stated: "The mission of Decatur Trades and Labor Assembly, AFL-CIO, of Macon County is to improve the lives of working families-to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. The organization is a key part of the nation's largest and strongest labor federation-the AFL-CIO, which unites 10 million working women and men of every race and ethnicity and from every walk of life." Endorsements were based on the priorities of candidates in relation to the issues of working families.
Council Talks Neighborhood Improvements, Diversity
DECATUR – A reestablished grant program and citywide cleanups could soon join the list of ongoing City efforts to improve local neighborhoods following discussion by the Decatur City Council Monday night.
Council members discussed potential uses for roughly $73,000 in funds currently held in the city’s Neighborhood Improvements Fund as part of a study session Tuesday night. The fund was created a number of years ago as part of what had been an inactive program in recent years and city staff was recently assigned to define an updated list of potential uses for the balance of funds that would best serve city neighborhoods.
Council members did not vote on potential options as Tuesday’s discussion was held during study session. However, there seemed to be a consensus to utilize the money to pay for some form of grant program and community cleanup to support the council goal of building stronger, more vibrant neighborhoods.
Staff will return to council with more specifics as to how such programs might be structured at a future meeting.
In other business, council members heard an update on efforts to make sure that the city is inclusive in both publicly funded construction projects and in its procurement policies and practices. The Decatur City Council is now reviewing potential new ordinance language to help meet diversity goals with current plans to have such an ordinance considered on March 2.
Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott and Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider announced today (Feb. 12) the return of a common telephone scam heavily targeting Macon County residents. The callers claim to be from reputable computer companies, advising that a problem has been detected on the victim’s home computer. Oftentimes the callers will walk the victims through a series of steps on their computer which will make it appear as though a problem actually does exist. The callers then offer to fix the non-existent problem for a fee, and request a credit card number to secure payment.
“We’ve received numerous calls today on the Elder Fraud Hotline reporting this scam,” Scott said. “The best thing to do if you get one of these calls is to hang up.”
If you suspect a scam is about to be or has been committed, please call the Elder Fraud Hotline at 217-615-7582. All calls are answered by State’s Attorney Jay Scott or Sheriff Thomas Schneider. To learn more about scams visit the State’s Attorney’s website at www.sa-macon-il.us.
City Council Approves Watershed Management Agreement
The Decatur City Council on Tuesday continued efforts to improve city water quality and supply, approving an agreement with the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District for watershed conservation services.
Established in the early 1940’s the MCSWCD has as its mission “to work with private landowners and other organizations to help prevent and control soil erosion, improve the water quality of local rivers, lakes, and streams, and to restore and enhance native wildlife habitat.” The City has partnered with the District annually since 1988, over the years funding watershed management research and technical assistance, public education, conservation projects and the employment of a Lake Decatur Watershed Specialist, among other items.
The approved agreement for $146,068 is partially reimbursed by Archer Daniels Midland Company as part of the Raw Water Supply Agreement between ADM and the City. The District agreement supports current efforts to dredge Lake Decatur and to rehabilitate the Oakley Sediment Basin to store silt as it is removed, the largest of several parts of a comprehensive plan to increase local water supply.
In other business, council members approved the purchase of 10 police vehicles from Jackson Ford in Decatur at a cost of $274,082. The normal life expectance for police vehicles is two years; the current police Chevrolet Impalas are from model years 2009-2011 and have an average of 109,500 miles.
Council members also began discussion regarding study sessions and updates expected in coming weeks, sessions involving the use of motor fuel taxes and funding alternatives for road and bridge maintenance, a proposal to have the Decatur Fire Department provide some level of public emergency medical transport and on how to best use funding to improve city neighborhoods.
2015 Macon County Plat Book Now Available
The new 2015 Macon County Land Atlas and Plat Book is now available and is being distributed by the Macon County Recorder. This is the 15th edition of the Macon County Plat Book produced by Rockford Map Publishers since the first edition in 1951.
The new plat book accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries, and includes an index to owners. An additional map feature included in the new plat book is aerial map images. An aerial map lies opposite each township parcel map, and is very useful in providing a quick gauge to the use of a particular parcel. Latitude/Longitude grids for GPS reference are also provided along with a rural addressing grid.
Plat books are a great reference tool not only for landowners, but for business owners as well. It is a necessary reference guide for industries such as agriculture, land development, hunting, real estate, utilities, municipal government, and much more.
The new plat books are available for purchase from the Macon County Recorder at 141 South Main Street, room 201, Decatur, IL 62523. The books are priced at $35 if picked up at the Recorder’s office and $40 if mailed. For more information, call 217-424-1359. To purchase additional products visit RockfordMap.com for a variety of eBooks, wall maps, smartphone/tablet maps, GIS-compatible maps, and custom mapping.