MACOMB — The public is invited to an informational meeting on the city's "Safe Routes to School" plan. The meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, just ahead of the Macomb City Council's committee of the whole meeting.
The city has applied for a federal grant, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The grant would help fund construction of new sidewalks, one along the west side of McArthur Street from Kelly to Grant streets and another along the north side of Grant Street from McArthur west to the existing sidewalk.
Also as part of the school safety grant, a new crosswalk would extend across Grant Street and there would be a pedestrian refuge island. The project would also involve removal of the existing sidewalk and steps along the east side of the MacArthur Early Childhood Center, to be replaced by a new handicapped accessible sidewalk.
Project engineers from IMEG, formerly McClure Engineering, will provide an overview and answer any questions.
Aldermen will then convene their committee session and will discuss entering into an agreement for public works mutual aid by joining the Illinois Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network.
They will also discuss a proposed ordinance amendment that would add the category of solar garden to the city's zoning use matrix, and the possible purchase of a replacement large-scale scanner and printer for the Community Development Office.
The public meeting and council committee session will be held on the second floor of Macomb City Hall.

Reach Patrick Stout by email at