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.
When the Freeport City Council met as the Committee of Whole on Monday, February 12, 2018, there was discussion of an Agreement for an Application for Reporting Potholes and Nuisances and Tracking Work Orders. It would only cost $32,250 the first year, and thereafter $19,250 per year. This must be a joke. With this $32,250 software program, citizens would be able to report potholes online. There are potholes and horrible roads all over Freeport, and these have been reported for years. Little has been done. Woodside Drive for example in “Do Nothing” Alderperson Klemm’s Ward has deteriorated to the point that it is dangerous to travel on. A computer program will not fix the potholes and the streets. No more computer programs. No more consultants. Just department heads who will at least attempt to address the problems facing this City. How many potholes can be repaired for $32,250?
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!
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.