MACOMB — Aldermen discussed Monday a proposed agreement with Collins Excavating for on-call snow removal for the sidewalks along U.S. 67 and 136. This would cover portions of East and West Jackson streets and North Lafayette Street.
The city would pay Collins $1,250 per inch of snow removed. The call-out would occur if a snowfall of three inches or more is received. In the event of an ice storm, the city would provide salt for use after ice and snow removal.
City Attorney Kristen Petrie said the agreement would be for one year, and either party could terminate it after 60 days with written notice.
City Administrator Dean Torreson reported that changes in state regulations no longer allow employees hired after August 25 to have vehicle allowances credited toward their Illinois Municipal Fund Retirement accounts.
Torreson said there are only two city employees now receiving the IMRF credit and that the city council would need to approve a resolution for them to continue to receive the retirement credit.
Also Monday, aldermen received an external audit report for the 2016-2017 fiscal year from Dave Meier of Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon. He said there were no audit findings to report and that all funds were in balance.
"You'd be surprised at the number of cities that don't accomplish this," Meier said. He said a common audit notation for small communities is that only one person is handling all aspects of certain accounts. "Ideally, the functions should be separated," he said.
The 138-page audit report showed that Macomb ended the fiscal year April 30 with $62.8 million in government assets and $633,000 in business income.
Meier also reported a nine percent increase in police officer and firefighter pension fund earnings.
In other business at the city council committee of the whole meeting, Mayor Mike Inman reported that this week would see demolition work along the 300 block of East Jackson Street as Laverdiere Construction begins preparation workfor the new CVS Pharmacy.

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