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City of Freeport Calendar of Meetings - 2014

 

Comprehensive Plan adopted April 5, 2010

 

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Schedule

 

City of Freeport Job Openings

Boards and Commission Form

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Area Events

Area Events provided by: The Freeport/Stephenson County Convention
and Visitors Bureau
- view link

 

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Residential Rental Property Regulations

--- Extended to June 2, 2014---

The City of Freeport  recently enacted Chapter 876, Residential Rental Property Regulations into its Code of Ordinances. Section 876.06 of this Chapter contains certain requirements regarding rental agreements. This file (view link) contains 1) a checklist to assist landlords and local agents in achieving and maintaining compliance with these requirements; and 2) a copy of the Crime Free Lease Addendum required under the ordinance. To use the file in Word - view link

Following is a link to the rental property registration form for those landlords who would like to register “offline” or who want to get it done before we are ready for online registration - view link

Residential Rental Property Ordinance as passed by corporate authorities now extended to June 2, 2014

Residential Rental Property letter as mailed March 1, 2014

All rental properties must be in compliance with the lease/rental agreement and registration provisions by June 2, 2014. The City of Freeport will mail information to rental property owners in advance of this date with further instructions on registering properties.

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2013 Year End Report of the City of Freeport

On Monday, January 13, 2014, Mayor James Gitz and department heads presented a report to the City Council summarizing 2013 City accomplishments. A full narrative report is expected in the coming weeks. Click here for a copy of the report presented to the City Council.

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Electrical Aggregation

The City of Freeport's current electrical aggregation program will end with your
August 2014 meter reading date.  This program has given you a rate of 4.76 cents/kWh through the supplier, First Energy Solutions.  In the next few months the City of Freeport will be reviewing bids for the renewal program that will begin in August 2014.  Don't be pushed by alternative offers until the City has information for you.  There is plenty of time to evaluate your options towards June.

At this time, there are still many solicitations from other suppliers that you may be receiving.  Your account can be switched to another supplier by simply releasing your 10 digit account number over the phone.  If the offer is not lower than the current City rate or even that of ComEd, the program will not currently be a savings to your account.  The current Comed price to compare is 6.04 cents/kWh.

If you have any questions pertaining to your account, please feel free to contact the City of Freeport's aggregation consultant, Rock River Energy Services at 815-732-4603.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Electric Municipal Aggregation Program

Electric Aggregation Letters Mailed To Freeport Residents 06/20/2012

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---Caring For Our Communities ---
ComEd offers Flexible Payment Options and
Financial Assistance to customers in need
-- view link

ComEd has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds in 2014 to help customers facing financial hardship pay their electric bill.  Through April 1, 2014 ComEd has adjusted the eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs for eligible residents including seniors, veterans and activated members of the armed services.  In addition, the company is now offering flexible budget billing and flexible deferred payment agreement options to assist customers receiving higher than normal bills in light of the severe cold weather blanketing northern Illinois.

To apply for ComEd's Residential Special Hardship grant, or the State sponsored assistance programs, such as LIHEAP, customers should visit a local LIHEAP Agency. For more information on any of ComEd's assistance programs or to enroll in ComEd's bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE for more information. 

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City of Freeport Public Safety Plan

Public Safety Plan Progress Report - February 2014

This City is dedicated to crime reduction. We will be relentless in pursuing criminals and bringing them to justice. We intend to serve notice on people who come to Freeport thinking it is a good place to hang out, rip people off, sell drugs and otherwise drag this City down. The message is: clean up your act or go to prison. For the people who have families, or live alone, who work hard or have retired, and all who care about this City, we also have a message: this City is dedicated to helping you succeed – to live, work and enjoy life in a safe, caring community.

This plan has six (6) goals. It seeks to: (1) create safer neighborhoods, (2) promote personal accountability, (3) develop stronger community relationships, (4) create safer housing, (5) foster interdepartmental cooperation in the deployment of city resources, and (6) make sound, data driven decisions. The City already has reinstated Community Policing, but we know we need a broader strategy that builds strong relationships with all parts of our community.

For more information or to submit comments on this draft plan, please contact Mayor Jim Gitz at (815) 235-8200 or mail to 524 W. Stephenson, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032.

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Demolition of Dangerous and Unsafe Structures

Status Report presented to council on November 4, 2013

Demolition Projects

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Building Permits - visit department page for
Building Department - link provided

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We Need You On Our Boards and Commissions!

Becoming a member of a board or commission for the City of Freeport is fulfilling community service work and plays a vital role in moving Freeport forward. The City of Freeport has openings on various Boards and Commission. Please let Mayor James Gitz know of your interests through completion of the following form: view link.

Forms should be returned to Mayor James Gitz, 524 W. Stephenson Street, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032. Please call and speak to Mary Ann with any questions at phone number 815-235-8200.

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Sidewalk Program Reimbursement

The Sidewalk Reimbursement Program is a voluntary program in which owners of residential use properties and the City of Freeport share the cost of replacing sidewalks within City limits. The scope of a reimbursement project includes the main walk, the courtesy walk and existing catwalks/landing steps within the public right-of-way. The City of Freeport will also contribute in-kind services for the removal of existing sidewalks for eligible projects. The City of Freeport will continue to build ADA-compliant corner ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps. This year's program shall provide qualifying applicants with a reimbursement of $1.50/SF .

 How does the process work?

Applications for the City of Freeport Shared Cost Sidewalk Program can be picked up from the City of Freeport Building Department located at 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor (area behind Water & Sewer Department) or can be downloaded under the following link – view full program overview, application and waiver form .

The City of Freeport Public Works Department will review each application and perform site visit to verify that the replacement meets program requirements. Please be sure to read and follow the program guidelines to qualify for reimbursement:

PDF of Sidewalk Program Overview, Waiver Form and Application
Cement Contractor Listing
Word file - application and waiver form

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Jane Addams Trail

Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals-from exotic aerial hunters, such as owls and hawks, to run-of-the-mill squirrels and deer. Its crushed limestone surface may be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. This multi-use 15 mile recreational trail offers beautiful scenery and is highlighted by 21 decked bridges passing wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, geologic formations and farmland. For further information please visit:

http://janeaddamstrail.com/

http://janeaddamstrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/jattravelingbrochure5-11.pdf

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PROPERTY TAX BILLS

Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2013 for the 2012 Stephenson County Real Estate Taxes for taxing bodies including Freeport School District 145, Stephenson County, Freeport Corporate, Freeport Park District, Highland Community College, Freeport Public Library, Freeport Township, and Freeport Mosquito Abatement. Installment were due on June 28, 2013 and September 6, 2013.

Did you know that less than 10% of your total property tax bill goes to the City of Freeport? That amount pays for police and fire emergency services and personnel, street maintenance and crews, leaf pick-up, snow removal, demolitions, building permitting and inspections, licensing, grant writing, transportation, nuisance inspection, animal control, accounting and city administration functions to help the City of Freeport run effectively.

How much of my tax bill is directed to the other taxing bodies? view link. Please note; these comparisons are the percentage share of the tax bill and not the taxable rates. To view charts for the last three years see below:

In 2012, the City of Freeport received property taxes on a home valued at $151,000, located in the City limits, and owner occupied in the amount of $378.20. Based on taxes that are due in 2013, the City of Freeport's share of property taxes on this same home is $403.73. To view a chart showing how the other taxing bodies will share the 2012 property taxes that are payable in 2013: see link.

For further information visit the link above to "Living in Freeport" --- Garbage/Recycling website page. View Link

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For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
please visit the Stephenson County Website using this link: Mosquito

Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555

  • To be notified prior to a Mosquito Control application.
  • To report possible mosquito breeding areas, such as standing water or stagnant water or unkempt swimming pools.
  • To report any mosquito annoyances in your area.
  • For further information regarding the Clarke Mosquito Control Program and what products are being utilized.

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Freeport Water & Sewer Commission

To view a copy of the 2013 Water Quality Report, please visit the Water and Sewer Department page using the following link: view page

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Albertus Airport (FEP) Corporate Hangars- view brochure

  • Corporate Hangars built in 2009
  • Erect-a-Tube All Metal Hangar
  • 65' W / 62' deep (bay floor space)
  • 64'6" W Clear Opening, 18' Height (bay door)
  • Fully Insulated with Concrete Floor
  • Well-Lighted Inside and Outside
  • $450 per month - Lease plus electric

To view photo gallary: Gallery 1, Gallery 2, and Gallery 3 For more information on Albertus Airport - view link

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Freeport Sales Tax Rates

Freeport Sales Tax Rates: Effective January 1, 2010, the sales tax rate for general merchandise for the City of Freeport is 8%. For prepared foods which are subject to the City's food and beverage tax, the rate is 9 1/4%.

Sales tax charts may be purchased from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

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STARTING A BUSINESS IN FREEPORT?

Looking to start a business in the Freeport area? Follow this link for some helpful information: Business Start-Up Brochure

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PROSPERING TOGETHER

 

The Midwest is working as one region to connect its residents through improved high-speed and intercity passenger rail service.  Connecting the metropolitan areas of the region, such as Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis- St Paul and St. Louis, to each other through rail will create new jobs, stimulate private investment, expand transportation options and reduce our environmental impact.

For more information, please visit this link: Midwest High-Speed Rail

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RAWLEIGH LINKS: Renew Rawleigh or ARTSPACE

The City of Freeport is part of the Rawleigh Collaboration Team--a community-driven effort to renovate and reuse the historic Rawleigh Industrial Complex in downtown Freeport, Illinois. Visit www.renewrawleigh.com to learn more.

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Freeport City Hall
524 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203