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More TIF’s, New City Attorney, New Finance Director, and Public Transit for Stephenson County on Freeport Council Agenda for May 19!

Freeport City Council Meeting Monday, May 19, 2014, 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.

Some items of interest on the agenda:

There will be a Public Hearing on Expansion of Public Transit to Stephenson County. The new service will start on July 1, 2014 with the Stephenson County Senior Resource Center becoming the provider for county-wide service. The fares will be as follows: regular fare $3.00, children’s fare $2.00 (7-11), and no fare for seniors. Read the full memo at http://www.cityoffreeport.org/OrdRes/Council%20Memo_Transit%20Agenda%2020140519.pdf

Resolution for Retiring City Attorney John Mitchell – a city attorney who prosecuted seat belt violations and minor traffic tickets like murder cases!

Appointment of Cynthia Haggard as Finance Director effective June 5.

1st reading of Ordinance for Meadows TIF. This TIF must cover Meadows Shopping Center with the former Kmart store on the south side of Freeport. See previous comments on the excessive use of TIF’s in Freeport and the shifting of the real estate tax burden to homeowners and small businesses.

Resolution to approve Tony Coon as City Attorney with compensation of $2,500.00 per month. The agreement with Mr. Coon states that he will provide traffic, code, and ordinance prosecution for the City of Freeport. The Agreement does not specify how much he will be working each week. It could be less than an hour a week or maybe an hour a month!
Don’t forget that Freeport already has a full time corporation counsel.  40 years ago when Freeport was larger than it is today, the job of corporation counsel was a part time job!
For the Agreement with Mr. Coon go to http://www.cityoffreeport.org/OrdRes/Council%20Memo_Transit%20Agenda%2020140519.pdf

The complete agenda is available at http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20140519.pdf