Freeport, Illinois – A City Where the Streets Are Falling Apart and No One Cares – Council to Meet Tonight!

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The above picture is not a tire that was illegally dumped, but is my tire which was destroyed by a pot hole on Hance Drive in the City of Freeport.   The Street Department has time to take down houses and to clean up illegal dumps on the East side of Freeport, but cannot do its basic function – the maintenance of the streets in this community.   Unfortunately, the terrible condition of Hance Drive is not atypical of the streets in this community.  Years of total neglect have taken a toll, and many are beyond repair.    The residents of this community do not seem to care, or have just given up.   Let’s get a street department that will at least attempt to do its job and today – not tomorrow.  Action should be taken immediately to correct the situation, but of course, that is wishful thinking.   The do-nothing policy of the street department and this City has been going on for years, so why would we expect action now!

The Freeport City Council will meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. in its new palatial chambers at 314 W. Stephenson Street.  Some items of interest on the agenda:

Letter from the City Engineer, Shaun M. Gallagher, notifying the City that water and sewer rates will increase 4.1% on May 1.   The increase is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers using the “Water and Sewerage Maintenance” index, and the rate will automatically increase each year based on this index.  Wow, over four per cent for one year.  Social Security recipients received a .1% increase in January.  I guess that means water and sewer expenses increased at a rate 41 times the rate of inflation for individuals in the City of Freeport!   Those bureaucrats really know how to spend our money.  By the way the Council does not need to approve this increase – it is automatic.   This reminds me of what is going on in Springfield!

Resolution authorizing the leasing of the old West Avenue fire station on a monthly basis for $800.00 per month.  Also, the City gives the lessee an option to purchase to the property.   Lease not worth commenting on!

Resolution to Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement with The International Association of Firefighters.

Freeport, Illinois – Where City Officials Believe Deer Can Read!

 

Freeport, Illinois is a city where deer run rampant, and the city administration, council members, and city employees have done nothing for years. A few years ago, the City spent $50,000 to beautify certain areas of the City. What a joke! The deer have done hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to residential properties in this City. The City has grants for sidewalks and façade improvements. The time has come for grants to reimburse citizens for deer damage. I guess I did forget that the City has done something about the deer in the City. The City has posted “deer crossing signs” such as the one on South Street right before Burchard! That is as stupid as the City’s do nothing deer policy. Maybe the deer are smarter than City officials, and the deer can read. Then the solution to the deer problem is simple. The City can furnish residents with signs with the following message: Attention All Deer – Please Do Not Eat My Shrubs. Now for the sad part – there are City officials who believe that is a reasonable solution.

Heather McPherson to Speak to Illinois Lawyers in Chicago


Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices, Freeport, Illinois will be speaking to Illinois lawyers on April 28 in Chicago at the annual Illinois State Bar Association Elder Law Bootcamp Course. Her topic is Trust Administration. Heather is past chairperson of the Illinois Bar Association Elder Law Section Council, and is member of the Trusts and Estates Section Council of Illinois Bar Association. She is frequent speaker at Bar Association sponsored programs, and also speaks to community groups on various estate planning topics.

When Made in the U.S.A. Meant Something!

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The above stapler was purchased in October 1972, and worked perfectly for almost 45 years until March 2017 when it finally gave out.  Over the last few years I have purchased many staplers for the office, and many lasted less than one year including Swingline staplers.  If you look at the bottom of the stapler from 1972, you will see Swingline, Inc. L.I.C., N. Y.   For you non-New Yorkers, L.I.C. stood for Long Island City.  An article in the New York Times on January 17, 1999 chronicled the closing of the factory.   In the article there was an interesting couple of sentences which are as follows:  “When Swingline closes completely, 450 jobs will be gone. That is the largest single job loss in New York City from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, the 1994 pact that lowered trade barriers among the United States, Mexico and Canada.”   Read the article, it all sounds familiar and it was written over 17 years ago!  I now have a new Swingline stapler which says on the bottom “Made to Swingline Standards in China.”   I guess they must have lowered their standards.   A sad commentary on a once iconic American brand.

Freeport, Illinois Leads the Way – Undocumented Dogs Will Be Dealt With!


Alex Mills, Community Development Director for the City of Freeport, has again taken the lead in proposing a new ordinance to deal with the problem of undocumented dogs within the City of Freeport. He has proposed that all dogs be registered, and a DNA registry be established for all Freeport dogs. If residents find dog waste in their yards, they only need to drop off samples of the waste at City Hall. They will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If there is match to a dog in the registry, the owner will be notified and fined. If there is no match, the problem will be referred to the police department to investigate. Unfortunately, the Freeport Police Chief has already stated that his department is too busy to deal with undocumented dogs, and that he will not enforce the law. Mayor Gitz says that the refusal of the Police Chief to enforce the law should be referred to the new City Manager.  

Allegiant Air – The Best Kept Secret in Northwest Illinois – And I Don’t Mean a Good Secret!

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Another Allegiant Air flight at St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport aborted its takeoff on March 4, 2017.   The Tampa Bay Times ran an article on November 2, 2016 entitled “Breakdown at 30,000 feet,” and everyone who flies Allegiant Air should read this article.   When will news outlets in Northwest Illinois start reporting the facts on Allegiant Air?   Will it take another ValuJet incident for people to wake up?    I hope not.