MACOMB — The city council's general government committee voted Thursday to express its support for a plan to honor Civil Rights leader C. T. Vivian, who grew up in Macomb.
Mayor Mike Inman said that the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has asked if a granite bench bearing Vivian's name could be placed on a concrete foundation in the park. "The bench would be placed near the lateral sidewalks," the mayor said.
The Alphas would sponsor the bench and pay for its installation, Inman said. The group had asked for assurances of city support before it continued with its plan. The mayor said the fraternity would work with the city public works department on location and placement of the bench.
In other business, City Administrator Dean Torreson told the committee that representatives of Amtrak should be coming to the city on March 15 to inspect the improvements at the Macomb Depot. Amtrak is reimbursing the city $277,000 for making the railroad station handicapped accessible.
Torreson also stated that an updated estimate of $390,000 means that resurfacing of portions of North Randolph Street will be the only major street project done this year. Plans for resurfacing on Clay Street would be moved to a future year.
The budget for the mayor's office is $95,460 in a budget draft for 2018-2019. Mayor Inman said that he might use the bulk of his travel expense account to visit NTN Bower headquarters in Japan.
Other travel items normally covered will be paid for by the Illinois Municipal League as Inman will assume the group presidency in September.
Proposed budgets for other offices include $36,350 for the Macomb City Council, $179,115 for the city administrator, $10,025 for the city treasurer, and $161,585 for the city clerk. Business Office Manager Kerry Rhoads said she would use $10,000 out of her $552,870 budget for on-site staff training, which she said hasn't been done since 2001. City Attorney Kristen Petrie has an office budget of $192,520. She said this includes payment for a text alert system to notify her office of the court schedules of municipal defendants.
Petrie said the state has mandated electronic court filings but this has proven difficult for smaller judicial circuits. She said training sessions are being scheduled for this summer and that a third party has been hired to manage the legal filings for the state.
"It's a lot of work for the smaller judicial circuits," Petrie said.

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