The Freeport City Manager in his column in the Journal Standard on May 19, 2018, says it would take the City 100 years at the present repair rate to bring the streets up to standards (whatever that means). On March 5, 2018 it was stated in Good Day Illinois that at the February 20, 2018, the Freeport City Council approved spending $32,250 for pothole software this year (2018), and then $19,250 each year thereafter to maintain the software. I say cancel this contract. How can the City spend over $200,000 in the next ten years on pothole reporting software when there is no money to fix the streets? This City Manager with the collaboration of the Council is playing the taxpayers of this City for fools. Oh well, what’s new. Enjoy paying your real estate taxes.
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
The Freeport City Council will meet at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018, in the City Council Chambers at 314 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois. At the last council meeting on February 20, 2018, the Council approved spending $32,250 for pothole software this year, and then $19,250 each year thereafter to maintain the software. It is rumored that Alderperson Tom Klemm and the City Manager will soon be proposing the establishment of a new city department to manage the pothole repair program. The budget for the new pothole department without the software would be in the neighborhood of $200,000. The new department head would cost in excess of $80,000 per year with benefits, and two assistants would cost in excess of $100,000. Some might say that is excessive, but not the citizens of Freeport. The citizens of Freeport tolerated $32,250 for pothole software, so why would they complain about another $200,000 for the new pothole department. Where will the money come from? No problem, Freeport is a home rule city. I am sure our creative bureaucrats will come up with a new tax to cover it.
Heather thanks FHN Foundation, Freeport Community Foundation, Highland Community College Foundation, and the Stephenson County Farm Bureau for sponsoring this program. She is looking forward to participating in this program with the other outstanding speakers.
The Freeport City Council will meet at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in the City Council Chambers at 314 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois. On the agenda is one item of special interest. A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement for pothole reporting software which will cost $32,250 the first year, and $19,250 a year thereafter. That’s over $205,000 for pothole reporting software in 10 years. For $205,000 you could fix a lot of potholes, but Freeport doesn’t care about fixing potholes. Freeport’s goal is to be sure all potholes are reported. Were bids taken on the pothole software, or is this just another “Illinois” sweetheart deal? How fast our council members have learned from our political leaders in Springfield and Chicago. No one should say our council members are stupid. They are fast learners when it comes to spending our money!
Gold Medal 100
Shaun White, halfpipe (snowboarding)
Feb. 14, 2018: PyeongChang, South Korea
White won Team USA’s latest and, to date, most significant gold medal in terms of milestones. But the nation’s 100th winter gold wasn’t his first. He also won men’s halfpipe gold in 2006 and 2010, which marked Team USA’s 71st and 83rd gold medals. White finished fourth at his third Olympic appearance in Sochi and reached redemption in PyeongChang. The 31-year-old is second in terms of U.S. winter athletes with gold medals, behind speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden, who have five apiece.