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Deer Continue to Destroy Plants and Shrubs in Freeport, Illinois – City Does Nothing!

Ten years ago in the City of Freeport, it was a rare occurrence to see deer in the daytime. Now you will see herds of deer in parts of Freeport 24 hours a day. They are eating their way through our plants, shrubs, and small trees. The City has spent and continues to spend tens of thousands of dollars yearly on downtown beautification while the rest of the City to put it bluntly goes to Hell. I guess there is no money for a program to reduce the deer population. If only the deer would relocate to the downtown. Then and only then would we get some action. In the meantime, just buy lots of mulch for your flower beds since you will have no living plants. Give Alderperson Klemm a call. Perhaps. he can get you a beautification grant to buy mulch! Then again, don’t waste your time calling him. He will do nothing as usual except pontificate about his do-nothing 10 years as an alderperson.

Mayor Gitz Along with Faithful Companion, Alderman Tom Klemm, Leads Freeport, Illinois in Wrong Direction!

   Mayor Gitz in his weekly column in the Journal Standard talks about improving the community by tearing down buildings in the City’s 3rd ward.   The Mayor and 1st Ward Alderman, Tom Klemm, have forgotten that there are also other Wards in the City of Freeport.  Unfortunately, people in the rest of community accept the Mayor’s policy of benign neglect which is simply stated as follows – Let the rest of the city rot while most of the City’s resources are directed to the downtown and the 3rd Ward.    People in the rest of the City don’t complain – they just sell their homes and leave.   This is a sad commentary on the City of Freeport, but it is true.  

Oh by the way, there is a Freeport City Council Meeting tonight (May 18) if you want to watch the duo of Gitz and Klemm in action.  (6:00 pm 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor – Watch live on Comcast Channel 17) 

Freeport City Council Meets Monday, June 16 – Watch Alderman Shawn Boldt in Action -A Real Leader – That Is a Leader for Higher Taxes!


At the June 2 Freeport Council meeting there was the first reading of the new Comcast (cable) franchise agreement. As is usual with this Council, there was little constructive discussion except for Alderman Shawn Boldt who wondered if the 5% franchise fee (basically a tax of 5% on your cable bill) could be increased. He was advised that the FCC set the maximum which is 5%. It’s good to know that Alderman Boldt is looking for ways to increase our taxes. He must be auditioning for a job with Governor Quinn and his tax and spend friends in Springfield.
The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor. If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Some items of interest on the agenda:

Proclamation of Mayor proclaiming June 19 – 22 Juneteenth Day, read it at http://www.cityoffreeport.org/OrdRes/PROCL%20JUNETEENTH_20140616.pdf

Memo on monthly garbage rate increase starting July 1 from $12.02 to $12.25 per month

2nd reading of Ordinance approving Comcast Franchise Agreement

2nd reading of Ordinance amending Residential Rental Property Regulations

Various Resolutions pertaining to county-wide transportation program to be run by Senior Resource Center in Freeport

Appointment of James Brown, Community Development Director, to the Board of Directors of the Jane Addams Trail Commission and the Pecatonica Prairie Path Commission, with Shaun Gallagher, City Engineer, as an alternate Board member for each Commission.

Acceptance of low bid and Contract for Mill and Overly Program to Civil Constructors, Inc. for $292,567.20

To read the complete agenda, go to http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20140616.pdf

It’s Finally Getting Warmer in Northwest Illinois! No Snow for Monday, April 7, So You All Can Make It to the Freeport City Council Meeting at 6:00 pm

20140406-194938.jpgThe Council will meet in the Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor.
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Items of Interest on the agenda:

Proclamation on Union Dairy Week June 16 – 22

Appointment of Shelly Griswold (former Community Development Director) to the Airport Commission – Wow – I was afraid Shelly was really leaving us, but everyone knows that the City needs her help! If she does as much for the Airport as she did for the City of Freeport, it means that the Airport will close down by the time her term expires. One thing for sure, the City better budget more money for the Airport!

For a complete agenda go to

Click to access A20140407.pdf

Freeport (Illinois) City Council Meeting, Monday, February 3 – Looks Like The Council Will Get Home Early, Not Much on Agenda!


The meeting will be at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor.
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Items of interest:

Vote to accept low bid for police pursuit vehicle from Bocker Group for 2014 Impala, $20,987.45

One resolution to apply to apply for grant funding for storm water management including design projects intended to control rain water, green street designs, planter boxes, permeable pavement, etc. to reduce storm water flow, control flooding and slow run-off into surface water in the City’s East Side Neighborhood

No readings of any ordinances

For the complete agenda of the council meeting, go to

Click to access A20140203.pdf

Last Freeport City Council Meeting of the Year Monday, December 16

The Freeport City Council Meeting will take place on Monday, December 16 at 6:00 pm in
City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor.
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Some items of interest on the agenda:

Appointment of James Fox to Airport Commission through November 2018

2nd Reading of City and Library Levy Ordinances

1st Reading of Ordinance for Employment of the following:
Rental Property/Crime Free Housing Specialist
Residential Rental Registration Police Laison

Wonderful – 2 more people to enforce new Rental Registration Ordiance.

Resolution to give Downtown Development Foundation $50,000.

This shows what is important in Freeport. Rental properties and the downtown. Reach your own conclusions!

Approval of bid from GO Escavating, Inc., Freeport to demolish 2 buildings at 212 N. Cherry Avenue and 910 S. Galena Avenue in the amount of $19,500.
For the complete meeting agenda, go to http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20131216.pdf

Freeport City Council Meeting Tonight November 18, Vote on Rental Ordinance Scheduled – And Mr. Gitz – Read My Lips!


If you tried to watch the Freeport City Council meeting on November 4, you discovered that there was no sound. It is sad that the Gitz adminstration and this council cannot even insure that the sound system is working twice a month for council meetings. Remember this is not the first time. Can the Gitz administration and this council be trusted with anything? And don’t foreget the City receives $375,000 in Cable taxes each year paid by the citizens of Freeport. Let’s not offend Comcast. You decide who is to blame. Don’t they test the system prior to each meeting. The answer is obvious.

The Freeport City Council meeting is at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor. If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live (hopefuly with sound).

For a complete agenda go to

Click to access A20131118.pdf

Some items of interest on the agenda:

2nd reading of Ordinance on Residential Rental Property Regulation – Returned from Committee of Whole on Nov 12 with no changes. Scheduled to be voted upon. Read comments on proposed ordinance in Good Day Illinois on November 4.

Resolution that levy for next year less than 105% of the final preceding year levy.

City Council Meeting Tonight – 1st Reading of Residential Rental Ordinance- Citizens Beware!

6:00 pm at City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.
See complete agenda at http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20131104.pdf

Some items of interest at meeting:

Presentations on following: rental property registration process in other municipalities, housing demolitions to date and estimated costs, and City Hall alternatives.
These presentations should all be interesting and worth watching!

Reappointments of Jon C. Staben (appointed first time on September 16, 2013) and Stephen Lafferty to Planning Commission
1st Reading of Ordinance dealing with regulation of residential rental property – All residents of Freeport should read this ordinance. To read it go to http://www.cityoffreeport.org/OrdRes/COUNCIL%20ITEM7%2020131104.pdf

Issues that should be addressed:
Will the benefits of this ordinance justify its cost?
Will this ordinance solve or reduce the crime issues facing Freeport?
Will the registration fees pay for the enforcement of this ordinance? The answer to this one is simple – NO. It will create another level of bureaucracy in the City of Freeport and in the end just more taxes will be paid by the law abiding residents of Freeport and small business owners.

The Crime Free Housing Lease Provision required in each lease will not solve the crime or housing issues facing this community. Perhaps, in the past if laws had been enforced with existing police personel and resources properly allocated, the City would not be facing these issues today.

As has been pointed out before, the Gitz Adminstration has many of the same people as in the previous administration. The result – the same failed polices as in the past. More bureucratic regulations will not help if there are not people capable of implementing them.

Example of law abiding citizen penalized by this ordinance:

John Hightaxpayer has a duplex which he has rented for 20 years with no problem. In fact he has never really needed written leases since his tenants tend to stay for many years with no problems, and at the present time his wife’s mother is renting one of the units. Now under GitzCare he must do the following:

1. He must register his rental unit by April 1, 2014 or pay a fine. An annual registration fee of $35.00 must be paid.
2. All of his rental agreements must be in writing.
3. Rental agreement must include 2 pages of Crime Free Housing Provision.
4. His wife’s mother has another daughter who usually visits mother for week or more each year. Surprise – mother must notify John Hightaxpayer in writing of the first and last names of the guest (the daughter) who will be residing in the unit for 7 days or more. Roger Policeman sees that there is a visitor at the John Hightaxpayer duplex. Since Roger Policeman was assigned to seat belt violation duty, he was not that busy. In fact Roger Policeman lives in the same neighborhood. Roger Policeman in a contemptuous mannor contacts John Hightaxpayer, and asks him (oral or written request can be made by police) to furnish the name of the visitor. John Hightaxpayer says it is none of his business and makes some offensive remark to Roger Policeman. The policeman arrests John Hightaxpayer for disorderly conduct. Meanwhile a few blocks away a store is robbed and clerk murdered, but Roger Policeman misses the call since has just cuffed John Hightaxpayer.

Unfortunately, good intentions do not always equal good laws.


Mayor Gitz Says in Article in Journal Standard “Property Tax Burden Discourages Expansions, moves to Freeport”

Mr. Gitz correctly states in this article that the high real estate tax rate in Freeport discourages economic growth. Unfortunately, he just blames other taxing districts for the high tax rate stating that the City’s portion is relatively small which is correct. Mr. Gitz fails to state that the City of Freeport taxes everything else. If you go out to eat – special food tax. If you buy gas – special tax. If you sell your home – special tax ($4.00 per thousand of the sale price). Cable TV Taxes, telephone tax, electric tax – you name it Freeport taxes it. Look at your residential water bill – each month $10.00 capital improvement fee and $4.00 storm water fee – another $168.00 per year. If you are a small business look at your water bill – each month $10.00 capital improvement fee and $20.00 storm water fee – another $360.00 per year. Call them what you will, but to most of us they are just taxes! When looking at the tax burden – you must look at the overall picture. The City of Freeport is just as bad as the school district. In some ways worse since city bureaucrats pretend that they are fiscally responsible, but that is far from the truth. The present City Council does not know what “fiscal reponsibility” means.

To Mr. Gitz’s credit he does recognize there is a problem which is refreshing compared to his predecessor. But really Mr. Gitz – The City of Freeport shares the blame equally as far as contributing to the area’s economic situation.