Notice of Public Review of the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan

This notice is being provided in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) regulations which require the City of Decatur to develop an Action Plan (AP) and/or identify changes to the Consolidated Plan (CP) and prior Action Plans.

The City of Decatur prepared a draft 2019 Annual Action based on the FY2019 allocations.  The FY2019 Community Development Block Grant allocation is $1,411,581 and the HOME Investment Partnership allocation is $425,163.  Residents are encouraged to provide comments during a comment period through June 28, 2019, 4:00 pm.  A public meeting will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 12:00 noon, in the City Council Chamber, third floor of the Decatur Civic Center to discuss and inform the public about the FY2019 Action Plan.

The FY2019 Annual Action Plan will be available at the following location:

City of Decatur

Economic & Community Development Department
Decatur Civic Center
Third Floor
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL  62523

Decatur Public Library

Reference Area
130 N. Franklin Street
Decatur, IL  62523

Decatur Housing Authority

Lobby Area
1808 E. Locust
Decatur, IL  62521

The Action Planopens PDF file is available for review and comment at the City of Decatur’s website. Decatur residents are welcome to provide written public comments during the review and comment period.  All written comments submitted will receive a response from the City.

To obtain additional information concerning the Action Plans, please contact Richelle Irons at (217) 424-2864.  Written comments can be sent to the following:  City of Decatur, Department of Economic and Community Development, Neighborhood Services Division, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza,  Decatur, IL  62523 or e-mail:



The City of Decatur, Illinois, is seeking bids for removal of grass and weeds from lots owned by Macon County Trustee that have failed to comply with Chapter 48, Section 8 of the City Code of Decatur. The City will be divided into Districts. Each District contains approximately 10 to 60 lots. Each Bidder may bid on one or more Districts. Full bid packets can be picked up at the Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, 3rd Floor, Economic and Community Development Department, Decatur, Illinois during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bids must be submitted (in person or by mail) by March 1, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. in a sealed envelope to:

City of Decatur Illinois
Weed Abatement Bid
Attn: Susan Kretsinger
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, Illinois 62523

Proposals will not be accepted by FAX, e-mail, internet, telephone or telegraphic means. Information regarding the proposal can be obtained by contacting Susan Kretsinger, 217-424-2783.

Bidders may withdraw their bids at any time prior to the RFP closing time by telephone or written request. A telephone request must be confirmed in writing within 24 hours of the call and prior to closing time.


Meeting Today’s Regulatory Challenges
Macon and Champaign County’s Annual Stormwater Workshop for Contractors, Engineers, Public Works, and Elected Officials will be held February 21, 2019 at the National Sequestration Education Center located at 3357 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur, IL 62521.
RSVP by Thursday, February 14, 2019 at WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM or call Macon County SWCD at (217) 877-5670 x 3 or Champaign County SWCD at (217) 352-3536 x 3.

Annual Stormwater Workshop Flyet

DUATS Metropolitan Planning Organization Request for Proposals (Long Range Transportation Plan Update)

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Decatur, Illinois, respectfully requests sealed proposals from interested, qualified consultants’ firms to provide the following professional services to Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study (DUATS):

The intent and objectives to prepare a FULL UPDATE to the Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan include:

  • Identify and promote the relationship between the transportation system to existing and future land use and community comprehensive plans and programs.
  • Provide guidance and regulations to promote the improvement of multi-modal transportation circulation of people and goods, using both motorized and non-motorized transportation modes and facilities.
  • Recommendations and guidance to provide a safe, efficient, accessible, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing transportation system.
  • Ensuring compliance with federal transportation planning regulations.
  • Protecting and improving air quality.

All proposals must be received by the City prior to 4:00 p.m., CST, February 8, 2019. Proposals shall be no greater than 15 pages in PDF format with a maximum size of 8Mb and must be submitted via email with the subject heading “2045 – Long-Range Transportation Plan Update.” Additionally, three (3) bounded hard copies should be submitted.

Late proposals will not be accepted under any circumstances. Any proposal(s) received after the scheduled time for closing will not be considered. Sole responsibility rests with the proposing consultant to see that its proposal is received on time. Consultant(s) can hire sub-contractors with the consent of the MPO.

A copy of the full RFP is available by contacting DUATS Transportation Planner (Joselyn Stewart) at (217) 424-2782 or by emailing request to

Questions concerning the RFP shall be directed to Joselyn Stewart, Transportation Planner, (217) 424-2782 or, or Scott Dedert, Senior Planner, (217) 424-2786 or email:; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CST, Monday through Friday, excluding City-observed holidays.

Please see attached flyer for details: RFP Long-Range Plan 2019opens PDF file DUATS Urban Area Boundary Mapopens PDF file

Scot Wrighton to be Named City Manager

Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe announced this morning that the Decatur City Council has unanimously asked Scot Wrighton to be the city’s next city manager. The Mayor also announced that she has called a special meeting of the City Council for Monday evening, January 14, to approve an employment agreement.

A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. today in the City Council Chamber on the 3rd floor of the Decatur Civic Center to introduce Mr. Wrighton. The Decatur Civic Center is located at 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza in Decatur.

Scot Wrighton is currently the city manager of Streator, Illinois, a position he has held for more than four years. He also served as Streator’s city manager from 1987 to 1994. Between his two terms as Streator city manager, Wrighton served as the city manager of Kirksville, Missouri for nine years; on the faculty of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government for six years; and as the city manager of a private new urbanism development project in India for five years. Early in his career, Wrighton’s first municipal manager’s job was village administrator of Mt. Zion; so after more than 30 years he will now be returning to Macon County.

“Scot has not pursued the normal city manager career route,” said Mayor Moore Wolfe, “but his rich diversity of professional experiences and his change-agent skills seemed like the exact leadership style the City Council was searching for in a new city manager for Decatur, and we are anxious for him to start his new duties.”

The consulting firm of GovHR was retained by the city to conduct the city manager search, help the City Council select finalists, schedule interviews and negotiate an employment agreement.

Although Wrighton had met twice with the Decatur City Council in December (once as a group, and then individually with each councilmember), he is meeting with Decatur’s senior staff and department heads for the first time this morning. The Mayor’s office will work with media outlets to arrange interviews with Mr. Wrighton as desired.

Funds Available for City of Decatur’s Neighborhood Services Emergency Program

DECATUR — Persons interested in the City of Decatur’s Emergency Program may begin making appointments by calling 217-424-2797.
This program provides grants up to $5,000 for repairs to address “life-threatening” or “sanitation” situations (i.e., hot water heater replacement, electrical issues, and furnace replacement). The program is open until set aside funds are exhausted.
All applicants must be homeowners, meet the low-to-moderate income standards as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and reside within the corporate limits in the City of Decatur. The residential unit must also be contractually feasible. The Emergency Program funding is provided by HUD and will be made available as an immediate grant. See attached flyer and income guidelines below.
Emergency Program Pg 1opens PDF file Emergency Program Pg 2opens PDF file

Notice of Closed Meeting – Decatur City Council

Decatur City Council members will convene for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body at 9am on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel located at 4191 W US Highway 36, Decatur, Illinois, 62522.  Contact:  Kim Althoff, City Clerk 424-2708


Decatur City Council – Lottery Notice

A lottery determining ballot position for those who filed their City Council election petitions simultaneously on the first day of filing at 8:00 a.m., will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office, on the third floor of the Decatur Civic Center.  

The lottery is open to the public. Contact:  Kim Althoff 424-2708