Freeport City Council Meeting on Today

Freeport City Council Meeting Tuesday, September 3, 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Before you watch the Council Meeting, be sure to read the comments on Mayor Gitz in Good Day Illinois on August 2.

At this meeting some of the items to be discussed are

Communications to Council:

Accountant Duane Price has financial results for last 3 months of the fiscal quarter ending July 31. All taxpayers should look at this. Freeport like most cities taxes everything from electricity to your cable bill. One member of the City Council states that the City’s portion of your real estate tax bill is small. That may be true, but you couple that with all of the other taxes we pay to the city and it is NOT SMALL.
Community Development Director Shelly Griswold has a memo on the $100,000 being given to NIDA with one-half from the general fund and one-half from 3 TIF funds. Does anyone ask NIDA for a detailed accounting on how these funds will be spent? When public funds are expended, doesn’t the public have a right to know?

Second readings of 4 ordinances. One of interest deals with sprinkler systems.

First Reading of Ordinance to add Breweries as a special use to M1 Limited Manufacturing District. Sounds good – we could use a good brewery in Freeport!

On other items, reference is made to the appointment of a special committee to recommend technology and procedure for Council lap tops and tablets. Also, they want to spend $4,000 for the purchase of lap tops or tablets. Before they do this, some members of this council should learn to read first.

Watch the Reports of Department Heads – Especially the City Engineer. Remember the Council approved paying Fehr-Graham $10,000 to inspect crack sealing. I guess we will save that money since they received no bids to seal the cracks or will they pay $10,000 to tell us the cracks are not sealed! Please see the posting on July 16 in Good Day Illinois when the City Engineer discussed crack filing. Most streets in Freeport are in such bad shape that sealing cracks will do no good.

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