MACOMB — Though a $11,582 maintenance expense reimbursement was approved Monday for the company that manages Spring Lake Park and Campground for the city, it was on a 5 to 2 vote.
Aldermen Dennis Moon and Gayle Carper said Ryan Hansen failed to file for reimbursement during the 2017 contract year in which he made improvements to the park area.
The city had agreed to pay Hansen's Spring Lake Management $39,800 but he did not submit $11,582 of the amount by the end of the year. An addendum to the agreement approved by the city council allowed Hansen to roll the expense into his current agreement with the city, which expires at the end of 2022.
The city council also voted to approve an addendum to its agreement with the Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency. The agreement now states that the WIRC will owe the city $376,426 for the demolition of 11 substandard homes. The WIRC will receive the money through a federal passthrough to the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Following the city council session, Mayor Mike Inman said Macomb had hoped to get a grant extension and demolish as many as 30 houses. He said the state was told by federal authorities that there would be no extensions of the government's blight reduction program. 
Aldermen also voted to adopt a special event liquor license for the 20-Year Macomb High School Class of 1998 Reunion on Saturday at the West Central Illinois Arts Center. Class spokesman Adam Cremer said a 15-year reunion had been held in 2013.
Mayor Inman, in his capacity as city liquor commissioner, told Cremer that the city liquor license would be available Tuesday, but that a member of the Class of '98 would need to travel to Springfield to obtain a state liquor license.
The council witnessed the swearing in of Macomb's newest police officer, Zachary Hill. Police Chief Curt Barker said Hill is a 2010 graduate of Pekin High School and a 2014 law enforcement graduate of Illinois Central College.
He said Hill served in active duty for the Illinois National Guard and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. The officer is currently engaged in Macomb Police Department field training.
Inman presented a proclamation to Macomb Airport Authority Vice-Chairman Tom Claudon and Trustee Mick Wisslead recognizing June as General Aviation Month. The airport was Illinois General Aviation Airport of the year in 2017 and the mayor said its operation contributes $2.5 million to the local economy.

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