Garbage Spacing

Our garbage and recycling vendors (Millennium & Eagle) are asking for a little bit of help with Toter placement on recycling pickup days. If space permits, they would like the carts to have a small separation from each other. This allows the automated arm to safely grip the Toter without making contact with the receptacle. Below is their recommendation on the spacing:

Meet the Warren County CEO Program Facilitator!

The City of Monmouth is one of the founding sponsors of the new Warren County CEO Program, a business education course for juniors and seniors at United and Monmouth-Roseville high schools. 

On August 6, the students met with CEO board members and facilitator Michelle Kim to learn a little more about what is in store for this year. 

Meet the Facilitator! Michelle Kim works as the Resource Development Manager for Knox County Housing Authority and owns Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar, both located in Galesburg, Illinois. She has a Master of Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Western Illinois University, and an Associate in Arts from Carl Sandburg College.

Kim is very active in the local community and serves on several boards and committees. She is the CASA of West Central Illinois Board President, a Habitat for Humanity of Knox County Board Member and Family Selection Committee Member, Carl Sandburg College Foundation Board Member, Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and Young Professionals of Galesburg Founder.

Visit the Warren County CEO Program website for more information about this innovative program. 

Warren County 911 Dispatch Center

The Warren County 911 Dispatch Center is located at the Monmouth Police Department, with eight full-time and four part-time telecommunicators.  


EMD. Beginning later this summer, our 911 dispatchers will be able to give medical advice to callers. As part of the emergency medical dispatching (EMD) platform, dispatchers will have flip cards that cover many typical symptoms such as shortness of breath, cuts, abdominal pain, and chest pain. Dispatchers will be able to go through a list of standardized instructions with the caller to provide life-saving procedures. Currently, our dispatchers are not able to give medical advice due to liability concerns.

These pre-arrival instructions are endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMS Physicians.


Weather. During storms, if you hear the siren go off, there is no need to double-check with the dispatchers. Please take shelter and find updates on the Warren County 911 Facebook page or the radio. Let’s save the phone calls for people who are in an emergency situation. If your power goes out, please contact Ameren—not the police.
Stats. The Dispatch Center is responsible for dispatching for 20 entities in Warren County and is also the backup 911 emergency call center for Mercer and Knox counties. In 2016, the Dispatch Center received 9,857 calls to 911. The Dispatch Center received an additional 58,899 calls on the non-emergency telephone lines. There were 112,543 total radio transmissions. The MPD is the largest agency the Dispatch Center services with 18,690 calls for service. There are currently two fully equipped radio and computer consoles with a third computer terminal.

Night Painting

Our street department has been busy doing striping and curb painting at night, which minimizes the impact on traffic.

A Great Place to Call Home!

Public Works Projects

Construction is moving right along on two of our public works projects. This site moves water that accumulates during a heavy storm. Since we have a combined stormwater sewer system in Monmouth, the EPA has mandated that we make select changes to the system. One of the changes is increasing the speed of which stormwater is removed during a heavy rainfall. The new screw pumps will be over three times larger.

These temporary pumps are in place while the screw pumps are replaced.

This is the new well house and generator off the Jackson Avenue site.

This is the new water main on North 6th Street.

View Solar Eclipse at Monmouth College on August 21

Individuals in the Monmouth-Warren County area will see about 90 percent of the sun covered during the August 21 solar eclipse, and they are invited to observe the historic occasion at Monmouth College.

The observation deck of the college’s Center for Science and Business will be open to observe the eclipse through an eight-inch telescope.

Viewing times for August 21 will be posted on the college’s Adolphson Observatory Facebook page. The eclipse will begin shortly before noon Central time in Monmouth, peak a few minutes after 1 p.m. and conclude around 2:30 p.m.

Monmouth physics professor Chris Fasano, who will host the campus viewing, said the eclipse “won’t be total here.”

“We’re a little too far away,” he said. “But it will be about 90 percent. It just won’t be completely dark, like it will be in the region of totality.”

While Fasano stays in Monmouth on August 21, colleague Ashwani Kumar will accompany students in his Summer Opportunity for Intellectual Activity (SOFIA) program to a spot in the path of the total eclipse swath – either Carbondale, Ill., or the St. Louis area. The eclipse will move southeast across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, making it the first time an eclipse has crossed the entire country in 99 years.

“You have to be in the right place at the right time to see it as a total eclipse,” said Kumar, who is also a physics professor at the college.

Although total solar eclipses happen somewhere on Earth once about every 18 months, their occurrence in a specific place is much rarer. This will be the first time a total solar eclipse has occurred in St. Louis since 1442. It won’t be until 2505 when the city experiences another one.

As darkness falls in the region of totality, temperatures may drop more than 10 degrees, stars and planets will be visible, and farm animals may even head toward their barn. 

In addition to observing the rare event in the daytime sky, Kumar’s three SOFIA students will spend three weeks in August learning how to do space photography with the college’s 20-inch Trubeck Telescope and how to look for asteroids.

“We’re interested in looking for any objects passing close to Earth,” said Kumar. “Believe it or not, there are many objects that amateurs report, because even though scientists are constantly looking for such objects, you can’t see the whole sky with the precision necessary to see everything.”

Fasano said the college’s smaller telescope is being used to observe the eclipse instead of the Trubeck Telescope for a couple of reasons.

"Our eight-inch scope has a solar filter, so that will make viewing the sun completely safe,” he said. “Also, the 20-inch scope gathers in so much light, it’s absurd. When we look at the moon, it’s very, very bright.”

Fasano said that eclipses provide “an excellent opportunity to see what’s happening on the surface of the sun, such as solar flares, although the sun’s pretty quiet right now.”

Fasano joked that he’s “taking one for the team” by not traveling south with Kumar and the Monmouth students to see the total eclipse.

“There’s a Peanuts cartoon with Linus standing in the rain on the day of an eclipse,” said Fasano. “That pretty much sums up my luck with these kinds of things.”

— Barry McNamara, Associate Director of College Communications, Monmouth College

Farmers' Market Every Friday Morning

The Farmers' Market is every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. It is located at the corner of North Main Street and West Boston and features fresh, local fruits and vegetables, honey, baked goods, plants, and other items. 

Good Lookin' Set of Wheels

Every weekend, the Monmouth Fire Department tests and maintains their equipment. This photo was taken on a beautiful day in June 2017. 

Forklifts and Facelifts

As you drive around downtown Monmouth in the next few weeks, you may hear jackhammers or see forklifts. It's summer, and that means improvements are underway!

The City of Monmouth bought the former Vaughn Jewelers building last fall. Masonry repair work is underway and is expected to take three weeks. The paint is being sodablasted off to reveal the original brick. The mortar will be replaced, and a new roof will be installed. Once the building is looking its best, the City will be ready to find a developer to purchase the building and make interior improvements. The second floor has terrific views of downtown, and it would be a great place for loft apartments. 

Thanks to Kellen Hinrichsen, executive director of the Warren County History Museum, for this photo from 1947.

The Buchanan Center for the Arts started their building renovation recently. The BCA received a $7,500 facade grant from the City, which will go towards enhancements like new windows, a sign and paint. 

Bird's-eye view of the BCA from the upstairs community room at the Warren County Public Library. 

City Receives Free Energy Efficient Products

Thanks to the Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) self-install program, which is available to public facilities, eight of Monmouth’s City-owned buildings are becoming more energy efficient.  Through STEP, we received a free facility audit and free energy efficient products to help us save energy. The products include new exit signs, faucet aerators, shower heads, LED lights, and occupancy wall switches, which turn lights on and off automatically. We also received several VendingMisers, which help refrigerated beverage vending machines use less energy.

“These new products are being installed at City Hall, the police department, the two fire stations, our water plants, the City garage and the 1st Street Armoury. I am particularly happy to see older buildings like the Armoury become more energy efficient,” said Jan Helms, executive administrative assistant for the City of Monmouth, who applied for the STEP program. Now Available at the Library

The Warren County Public Library and the Warren County Genealogical Society now offer Library Edition. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. Access is available only in the library, so stop by today!

New Weather Station at Monmouth Airport

The Monmouth Airport received a new weather station package that broadcasts local weather conditions to the public. The conditions include wind speed, wind direction, temperature, barometric pressure and humidity. The data is broadcast to the free Weather Underground website and is listed under the "Monmouth Airport" station. 

Weather Underground has free smartphone apps for both iPhone and Android. The apps have helpful severe weather alerts as well as radar from our regional center in Davenport, Iowa.

Free Smoke Alarms Available

The American Red Cross and the Monmouth Fire Department are working together to ensure that every home in Monmouth has working smoke alarms. As of June 19, 2017, 73 free smoke alarms have been installed this year. 

Residents may request a smoke alarm installation appointment at or text the word "Alarm" to (844) 811-0100; or call (844) 319-6560 and press 9. There is no charge for the smoke alarms or the installation.

The Red Cross urges residents whose homes do not have smoke alarms, or if the current smoke alarms were installed more than five years ago, to make an appointment. Residents who are unable to check their smoke alarm batteries are also encouraged to make an appointment. 

“Smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a fire in half," said Amber Wood, Executive Director for the American Red Cross, serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “Working in partnership with local fire departments, we can help protect your family by installing smoke alarms and teaching your children what to do if they hear it."

Seven times a day someone in our country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a nationwide, multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, and the campaign is on track to install the one-millionth free smoke alarm sometime in October 2017.

Simple Steps to Save Lives

Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms. Other safety steps include:

  • If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements depending on where someone lives.
  • If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
  • Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Practice that plan.

Red Cross Apps

You can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency app which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep users safe. And there is a special mobile app called Monster Guard that is designed for kids; it teaches them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game. Users can find the apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

What You Can Do

  • Visit to find out more about how to protect yourself and loved ones from fire.
  • Become a Red Cross volunteer by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to disaster relief are used to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.

City Receives Grant to Eliminate Zombies

The City of Monmouth has received a $25,000 grant to demolish abandoned (“zombie”) homes in our community.

“I was so pleased we received the grant,” said Jan Helms, executive administrative assistant for the City. “These abandoned homes are not only eyesores but also have health and safety hazards.”

Vagrants, Vermin and Varmints, Oh, My!

Helms applied for the grant because Monmouth has issues with foreclosures and abandoned homes. Zombie houses attract pests and vermin and may appeal to squatters and vandals.

“We have identified 27 abandoned properties in various stages of disrepair, so we need all the financial assistance we can get,” she said. “The City of Monmouth has been actively pursuing the demolition of unsafe, unsecure structures for several years. We focus on renovation when possible, but sometimes demolition is our only recourse.”

The funds from this grant will allow the City to demolish several moderate-sized homes during the next year.

The grant is from the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which was created in 2010 with the passage of the Save Our Neighborhoods Act. Funding for the program comes from foreclosure filing fees and is available to municipalities with problem residential properties.

The City is also applying for a grant to help with housing rehab and a free Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program to make City-owned buildings more energy efficient. 


New High School Course: Warren County CEO


The City of Monmouth is so pleased to be a part of the Warren County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program for Monmouth-Roseville High School and United High School juniors and seniors.

CEO is a business education program, teaching students how to think like business owners. The class meets off-campus in local businesses for 90 minutes each school day. Students dress in business casual attire every day and learn proper workplace behavior. 

CEO is much more than a textbook course. Students are immersed in real-life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes. They learn confidence-building skills like speaking in front of groups and targeted skills like writing successful business plans. 

Each student receives a mentor from the business community. In the first semester, students create a class business. During the second semester, they have the opportunity to start their own business. The final event of the school year is a trade show, where they showcase their student businesses.

Students receive high school credit and dual credit with Carl Sandburg College.

This program is available through a partnership with the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship. There is no cost to our schools or students for this program! All expenses are paid by businesses and foundations. If you would like to donate or sign up as a mentor or guest speaker, please see the attachment below. 

You can read more about this innovative program here.  

Meet the CEO class facilitator! Michelle Kim works as the Resource Development Manager for Knox County Housing Authority and owns Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar, both located in Galesburg, Illinois. She has a Master of Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Western Illinois University, and an Associate in Arts from Carl Sandburg College.

Kim is very active in the local community and serves on several boards and committees. She is the CASA of West Central Illinois Board President, a Habitat for Humanity of Knox County Board Member and Family Selection Committee Member, Carl Sandburg College Foundation Board Member, Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and Young Professionals of Galesburg Founder.

Thank you to the Warren County CEO Program founding sponsors: 

·         City of Monmouth

·         Mellinger Foundation (in honor of former Trustee and Scholarship Committee member Mary Frances Miller)

·         Midwest Bank

·         Monmouth College

·         MTC Communications

·         Security Savings Bank

·         Tharp Brothers Underground Utility Service  

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