Macomb, IL – After signing a free trade agreement with the U.S., a trade delegation from Bahrain has visited this country to lure investment. Ahmed Al Dilaini says major new port and industrial zone facilities will let companies freely ship to Gulf states and the Asian Market. His delegation discussed possible arrangements with commodities and machinery firms in Chicago before leaving for Houston.
Macomb, IL – The request was for a home purchased in 2004. Chairman John Lawson said it's up to the homeowner to apply for any exemptions, and told the woman who asked how she could assure future exemptions. At its meeting last month, the full board defeated a motion that would've put an end to applications for the tax break. Lawson says that does not mean the board is willing to accept more requests.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County's emergency dispatch center has a new contract with its telecommunicators. Director Noel Oliver says the four-year pact means the contract will not expire in the same year as other police units. He says the contract includes language allowing the seven full-time staffers to trade vacation or compensatory time for cash. He says this is good for management, because that means replacements need not be paid time-and-a-half. Oliver also says he wants to increase the full-time staff to ten to eliminate some of the fill-ins who must be paid at overtime rates.
Carthage, IL – Carthage is almost finished with an owner-occupied home rehabilitation program. Doing the same with rental housing might be next. Mayor Jim Nightingale says eight of eleven homes are finished. He said they hoped to do 14 with the more than $250,000 state grant, but the homes they did required major work, and exhausted the funds. He says aldermen are gathering data on a possible state program that would let the city bring some rental units up to code as a way of improving the community's housing stock.
Macomb, IL 61455 – The McDonough County Board delayed for a month taking action on problems with tax exemptions for some owner-occupied homes. The delay is to give the state's attorney time to check what the county can legally do. An overflow crowd at the board meeting heard from people who should have received the tax exemption for an owner-occupied home, but didn't. Several reasons were suggested for the errors, including incomplete preparation of forms by bankers or realtors and the misplacing of applications in the courthouse.