Everything is Perfect in the City of Freeport Now That We Have a City Manager! TRUE OR FALSE?

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Someone commented that Good Day Illinois has been quiet recently, and that I must be happy with the situation in the City of Freeport and the country as whole.   That is so far from the truth.  Frankly, I have stopped commenting on the situation in Freeport because people do not seem to care.  For example, I have commented on the deplorable condition of the streets in Freeport, and NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE.  Consider the following:

Pot holes continue to proliferate in the City.  The City Manager better get out of City Hall and start driving around the City.   Take a look at the pot holes on Woodside Drive.   How can the police drive in this area without reporting the dangerous condition of this street?   The City Administration is concerned about crime in the City, but does not seem to care about the intentional neglect of our streets which can also cause, directly or indirectly, injuries to our citizens, and untold dollars of property damage to our vehicles.    Why must someone be killed or seriously injured due solely to the neglect of the Street Department to perform basic maintenance on our streets?  The answer is simple – NO IN ONE THIS ADMINSTRATION CARES.  If anyone cared, this problem would have been addressed long ago. 

Meantime the Committee of the Whole for the City of Freeport will meet Monday, December 11, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers, 314 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois.  The deplorable condition of our streets is not on the agenda.  Of course, they will discuss hiring a debt collection agency to collect money owed to the City of Freeport including 1.2 million dollars in unpaid water and sewer bills.   To me 1.2 million is a lot of money not to collect, but to those bureaucrats running the City of Freeport’s Water and Sewer Department that is ‘chump change.”  Just think if they had this money to spend on streets.   Forget it!  The money would not be spent on streets, just on more people to work at City Hall.  That is the government way!

 

THOSE PREMIUM ADDITIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION – READ THE FINE PRINT?


Read my posting on June 21. It applies to this “Premium Edition.” If you live in Freeport, you should enjoy the four pages on Freeport out of 28 pages. I guess you would call it a token to Freeport. Of course, you still will pay the $5.00.

I USED TO ENJOY FOOTBALL ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON – A RESPITE FROM THE POLITICAL COMMENTARY THAT PERMEATES THE NEWS THESE DAYS!


On Sunday afternoons in the fall I used to enjoy watching professional football games, especially the Bear and Packer games. It was time to escape the reality of our everyday lives, and watch something that was meaningless in the overall picture of life. Now that has changed. The players want to make political statements on Sunday afternoons. The fans pay an exorbitant amount for tickets while many of the players are paid millions of dollars a year. I for one do not want to pay the players on Sunday afternoon to punish me with their political views. Enough is enough. The Bears will be playing the Packers on Thursday night. I guess I will just skip the game. Frankly, I don’t like players who spit in the face of those who have served, and are serving this country. Maybe I’m out of touch with the values of the American people, but at least they won’t get my money any longer. 

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS SINCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JULY 19, MORE THAN EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN!

Flooding

It appears that the Pecatonica River will crest on Tuesday.   Further, Yellow Creek continues to threaten businesses in Freeport.  This problem should have been addressed after the Yellow Creek flooding in 2010.   Hopefully, the flooding will not be as bad as 2010.   It’s hard to understand why we allow people to build homes, and start or rebuild businesses in flood prone areas.   Of course, I guess that means most of the people living in coastal areas of the country should not be allowed to live there!

THIRD WORLD SERVICE FROM ComEd 


Outage Status: As of 2:09 PM on 7/20/2017 we indicate that 40 customer(s) are affected by a power outage in your area. Severe weather has interrupted your service. Our field crews have investigated your outage and have determined that additional resources are necessary to restore power. We are currently in the process of estimating when service will be restored.

 Outage Status: As of 4:06 PM on 7/20/2017 we indicate that 40 customer(s) are affected by a power outage in your area. Severe weather has interrupted your service. Our field crews have investigated your outage and have determined that additional resources are necessary to restore power. The preliminary restore time is 7:00 AM on 7/21/2017.

 The power was off in some areas of Freeport since 8:12 p.m. last night (Wednesday July 19). During the day on Thursday, July 20, ComEd could not or would not provide its customers with an estimate of when service would be restored. Around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 ComEd finally estimated that power would be restored around 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 21. 35 hours with no power, but who real cares! In the meantime, people waited while their food rotted not knowing when power would be restored. It’s too bad ComEd doesn’t care about Freeport, but it is even worse that the City Administration did nothing to advise residents of the situation. Oh well, I guess Freeport is too busy tearing down houses, creating new TIF’s to shift the real estate tax burden to homeowners and small businesses, and hiring new police personnel. Obviously, some areas of Freeport are more important than others. I guess the affected areas just are not important.

NOTICE TO THE ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR AND CHUCK SWEENY – I’M PUTTING YOU ON A 20 YEAR VACATION HOLD!

Rockford

 

I have taken the Rockford Register Star for over 40 years, and recently terminated my subscription.  My most recent renewal notice for a one year subscription was $397.20.  This was an increase of $100 from the previous year.  During the last year of my recent subscription, I had stopped the paper for over 2 months for various reasons, but you only receive a credit for “vacation stops” for over 15 days.  As a result, I received no credits for the months I did not receive the paper.  To make matters worse, there are up to 16 premium editions each year for which you will be charged $5.50 for each one which could mean an additional $88 per year.  Your subscription is shortened in proportion to the value of the number of premium editions.  This is information is on the back of the bill entitled “Subscription Notice.”  I called them and complained, and was told I would receive a revised paper bill for $296.40 for the year.  Of course, I never received it until I had cancelled my subscription!  For informational purposes, the Journal Standard in Freeport, Illinois follows the same procedures in regard to vacation stops, and watch out for those premium editions!  Also, in Massachusetts Gatehouse Media settled a class action law suit which involved similar practices.  Is it time for a class action against Gatehouse media covering the Rockford Register Star, Journal Standard, and other newspapers owned by Gatehouse Media across the United States?  In the meantime, just put this newspaper on permanent vacation hold, and they might get the message.