State and local road projects the focus of next Decatur City Council meeting
The Decatur City Council will be voting on agreements to improve roads throughout the city including U.S. 51 and local streets at its next meeting on Monday, March 1 at 5:30 PM.
Later this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation will embark on a significant road improvement project of U.S. 51 between Interstate 72 south to Pershing Rd. The project will include overlaying the road with new asphalt, and sidewalk and pedestrian signal improvements. Planning for significant road improvements to U.S. 51 between Pershing Rd. and Eldorado St. also continue and hopefully will be completed soon.
The city council will likely approve a contract to rehabilitate 2.74 miles of the city’s 825 total lane miles (0.3%). The local roads city staff determined were most in need of improvement include parts of S. Nelson Blvd., N. 33rd St., E. Eldorado St., E. Prairie St., N. Country Trail, E. Marietta St., and E. Orchard St. The street improvement projects will cost $1.12 million with funding coming primarily from the local motor fuel tax.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL ELECTION IS APRIL 6
Decatur’s Consolidated Election including voting for city council, school board, and park district will take place on April 6. Early voting will begin March 12 at the Macon County Building and mail ballots for City of Decatur voters will be mailed beginning March 12. More information about the election including registering to vote, early voting, and looking up your polling location can be found at the Macon County Clerk’s Office website: http://www.co.macon.il.us/voting-election-information/ In addition, you can call the clerk’s office at 217-424-1333.
CITIZENS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
If you would like to discuss these or any other issues with a city council member, phone numbers and email addresses for each council member can be found at the following link: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/council/.
PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Meetings take place at the Theater located on the second floor of the Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K. Anderson Place). Free parking is available in the lot immediately south of the entrance. Citizens are encouraged to attend meetings and express their views. Citizens are allotted 3 minutes per person near the beginning of each city council meeting. In addition, citizens can provide comments regarding one regular agenda item per meeting for up to three minutes provided they notify the city in advance (and prior to the start of the meeting). You can request to speak on a particular agenda item at a council meeting by filling out an on-line form at: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/advance-request-to-speak-at-council-meeting/.
AGENDAS FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
An agenda and information about each agenda item for each city council meeting can be found at: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/council-meetings/.