Tim Neubeck is looking to make his new, part-time position as coordinator of the Marengo Economic Development Commission into a full-time career. Neubeck started the position at the beginning of February 2011, after former coordinator, Dane Checolinski, accepted a new position in Wisconsin. Some of Neubeck’s responsibilities include: recruiting and retaining businesses; distributing marketing materials for local businesses and for the city; administering tax incentive programs; maintaining a database of available properties; and facilitating communication among the various entities in Marengo, (for example: the city, chamber of commerce, Marengo Main Street, convention and business bureaus, state agencies, etc.).

When Marengo resident, Christine Ditzler takes her family shopping at the Marengo Convenient Mart, she said they are always greeted with a friendly smile and a warm welcome. Dale and Jacqueline Pancyrz, owners of the Marengo Convenient Mart and residents of Belvidere, officially opened the store on October 22, 2010.

As a person moves about McHenry County and glances at the landscape, it can be difficult to imagine that this place was once a desolate and rolling prairie. It may be even harder to imagine that Native American communities once existed here. Northeastern Illinois was home to several Native American tribes until 1836. In September of 1833, a treaty was signed in Chicago that ceded all of the remaining lands east of the Mississippi River to the US Government.

Breakfast-goers who attended the Sacred Heart Church Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast on March 26, 2011 in Marengo were pleasantly surprised to learn that blueberry pancakes were added to the menu.

In this first publication of The Marengo-Union Times, I would like to introduce myself and Marengo area OutReach Enterprises, Inc. I am a retired Marengo Community High School teacher of 33 years and am now a grandfather to nine grandchildren.

The City of Marengo increased water and sewer rates by 5 percent on April 1, 2011. The increase was scheduled and approved back in 2008, said Joshua Blakemore, assistant to the Marengo City Administrator.

The Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts are proud to announce that we recently took delivery of a new 2010 Med Tec Ambulance. The ambulance was designed and purchased over the summer and delivered to us in February 2011. The total build time was approximately six months.

In a special meeting held on Tuesday, March 22, the board of commissioners for the Marengo Park District voted to open the park pool for the 2011 season. Previous decisions had been made to close the pool due to continued losses and much-needed repairs.

If you are a business owner in the Marengo-Union area, or are considering the expansion of your business into this ripe market, then you need to join the chamber of commerce. The Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce mission is, “to be an advocate for business; promote business alliances; and provide services to our members which encourages growth and economic stability for the community.”

We all see it–Marengo has potential. Among the many benefits of a successful downtown are: quality business start-ups; expansions and retention of existing businesses; a comfortable, inviting atmosphere; and community pride. Additionally, a vibrant downtown protects the property values of the entire city. As the executive director of Marengo Main Street, I see a lot of potential in Marengo.



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