27th Street, West Burning Tree Drive to Undergo Construction

27th Street, West Burning Tree Drive to Undergo Construction

September 22, 2020 – MCC Network Services will be installing fiber optic cable to GT Church on 27th Street on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  The work will lead to the partial closure of 27th Street.  Flaggers will be in the area to help direct traffic starting at 7 a.m. and the work will continue until approximately 7 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020.

West Burning Tree Drive also has upcoming work, with the culvert being replaced at the intersection of South Taylor Road.  Entler Excavating will begin the construction on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 7 a.m. and will cause the total closure of West Burning Tree Drive at the intersection of South Taylor Road and will continue until approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020.  The detour route is Olympia Drive to Cottage Drive.

 

Final Paint Collection Event of 2020 Planned for October 31st

Final Paint Collection Event of 2020 Planned for October 31st

September 22, 2020 – Registration for the upcoming October 31st paint collection will become available by noon on September 28, 2020.  This event will accept unwanted household paint for proper disposal.  The event will be the final paint collection of the 2020 regular collection season and will be held in the parking lot of the Macon County Environmental Recycling Center at 1750 North 21st Street in Decatur.

Residents that register for the event can drop off up to twenty containers of paint at no charge during their scheduled appointment time.  Paints accepted include latex paint, oil-based paint and most stains and varnishes in their originally labeled containers.  Specialty paints and other paints not generated from a household will not be accepted.  Residents should dispose of dry paint and empty cans on their own and are asked to not bring them to the collection.

Registration can be done online at www.MaconGreen.com or by contacting the Macon County Environmental Management Department at 217-425-4505.  Facial coverings or masks will be worn by staff, and residents should follow the same procedure.  Residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles and only roll their windows down slightly to communicate with staff.  Items should be packed loosely in vehicles to make the unloading process easy.

 

MCEMD Sponsoring Paper Shredding Event in October

MCEMD Sponsoring Paper Shredding Event in October

September 22, 2020 – Macon County Environmental Management Department is sponsoring a free paper shredding event on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 8-9:50 a.m. at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 North 21st Street in Decatur.  Registration is not required and residents can bring confidential documents, files, and other sensitive information for on-site shredding.

Residents wanting to participate need to follow the “reduced contact procedure” which was instituted by Confidential Onsite Paper Shredding (C.O.P.S.).

 All participants are required to stay in their car until notified by an event representative.

 Cars must stay in the traffic flow lane and wait their turn to be allowed service.

 Shred technicians are not allowed to handle material; each individual customer will be required to place confidential documents in the bin for shredding.  This will require participants to dump their boxes or bags into the service bin, please account for this and only use boxes or bags that you can lift yourself.  Limit of 3-5 standard size boxes or bags per vehicle.

 Participants are no longer allowed to park off to the side and bring boxes or bags in order to skip the lines, you will be required to wait in your car and in line for your turn.

 Please make sure there are no batteries, electronics, or large metal/wood in the material that you are designating for shredding, this can damage the shredding system  At this time, we are not allowing participants to come up to the truck to view the shredding screen.

 C.O.P.S. reserves the right to turn any participant away if they are not complying with the revised standards.

 

 

Utility Moratorium Extended through Winter of 2021

Utility Moratorium Extended through Winter of 2021

September 22, 2020 – Yesterday, the Illinois Commerce Commission announced that the moratorium on disconnections has been voluntarily been extended by several state-regulated utilities through the Winter of 2021.  Low-income residential customers and those who self-report to utilities that they are experiencing hardship are eligible.  The moratorium was previously due to end on September 30, 2020.

Ameren Illinois, Aqua Illinois, Illinois American Water, Commonwealth Edison, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, and Utility Services of Illinois, MidAmerican, and Nicor Gas and Liberty Utilities have committed to prolonging the moratorium on utility disconnections until March 31, 2021.   “Illinois citizens are facing extraordinary challenges due to the pandemic. Low-income families and those impacted by COVID-19 should not have to fear losing basic services like electricity, heat, or fresh water,” said Chairman Carrie K. Zalewski. “The voluntary actions by these utilities will provide our most vulnerable citizens with some peace of mind, especially as cold weather approaches. We appreciate the utility companies for their responsiveness and action.”

The ICC is reminding customers to make sure to call the utility company if you have missed payments or are struggling to make them.  Documentation is not necessary, but customers must call and verbalize their situation.  Deferred payment arrangements are available for both small business customers and residential customers that need help managing their utility bills.

 

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,531 New Cases of COVID-19; 30 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,531 New Cases of COVID-19; 30 Additional Deaths

September 22, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,531 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional confirmed deaths.

• Coles County: 2 males 80s
• Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
• Crawford County: 1 male 70s
• DuPage County: 1 female 80s
• Greene County: 1 female 90s
• Jefferson County; 1 male 50s
• Jersey County: 1 male 80s
• Lake County: 1 female 70s
• LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
• Livingston County: 1 female 80s
• Madison County: 1 female 80s
• McLean County: 1 male 80s
• Morgan County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
• St. Clair County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
• Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
• Will County: 1 male 70s
• Williamson County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 277,266 cases, including 8,486 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 15 – September 21 is 3.5%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 41,829 specimens for a total of 5,185,216.  As of last night, 1,455 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 367 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.