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.
Monmouth City Pool Open
This is a great week to cool off at the Monmouth City Pool, located near the intersection of U.S. 67 and West Broadway Ave. (southwest corner).
Swim lessons began on June 19, and are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. There are ten sessions, and the cost is $30 per person, ages 4 and up. Come to the pool to register!
The pool is open daily, from noon until 6 p.m. The pool may sometimes be closed due to low attendance or inclement weather. Please check the pool's Facebook page for regular updates.
Congrats, Deputy Chief Switzer!
Congratulations to Deputy Chief Joe Switzer, who received the Warren Achievement Center/Review Atlas "Achiever of the Month" award for his work in the community!
Switzer's many accomplishments include his 26 years with the Monmouth Police Department, his service to our country in the U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard, his work with the West Central Leadership board, Little League, Kiwanis, and other community activities such as serving as a celebrity dancer for the Dancing for Dreams YMCA fundraisers. Switzer is also involved with the Monmouth Police Department's programs for children: the fishing derby, the downhill derby, and Shop with a Cop.
The award was presented by Sean Cavanaugh, marketing coordinator for the Warren Achievement Center, in a surprise ceremony at the Monmouth Police Department on June 15.
City Receives Free Energy Efficient Products
“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.
Eco-Friendly Ideas for Your Trash Cans
Since Millennium Waste Inc. has provided carts for trash pick-up, you may be wondering what to do with your old cans. Eagle Enterprises Recycling, our recycling company, will pick them up for you. Please rinse out your cans and leave a note on them, so it's obvious you want them recycled.
There are lots of ways to upcycle your cans, too—everything from storing compost to creating a rain barrel. Check out this article for some great ideas.
The Shops of Monmouth
The Shops of Monmouth site will give you a glimpse of all there is to do here in Monmouth and will help you get the most out of your Maple City experience, from great restaurants and events to music and shopping. Take a look!
Monmouth—A Great Place to Call Home
Welcome to the City of Monmouth! We're glad you're here. Monmouth is a great place to live, to learn, to work and to play. Whether you are a current resident, business owner, or someone new to our community, this website has all sorts of information for you about the Maple City. Please enjoy this video showcasing the best of our wonderful, small community.