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To get construction project updates on TWITTER
@cityoffreeport

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City of Freeport Calendar of Meetings 2017

 

City of Freeport Holiday Calendar 2017

 

Comprehensive Plan adopted April 5, 2010

 

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Schedule

 

City of Freeport Job Openings

Boards and Commission Form

Annual Report Presented to City of Freeport on February 8, 2016

State of the City presented on March 7, 2016

Infrastructure Presentation on December 12, 2016

Water and Sewer Rate Structure Presentation on January 9, 2017

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Christmas Tree Pick Up Locations 2017

 

Beginning January 3 through January 20, 2017 the Freeport Public Works Department will pick up Christmas trees in eight locations throughout the city. These locations are as follows:

  • Knowlton Park – Northwest corner of Locust & Pleasant
  • Wilbur Park – Northeast corner of Brewster & Elm
  • Taylor Park – Northeast corner of Hancock & Stephenson
  • Bidwell Park – 1100 block of W. Pleasant
  • Read Park – parking lot north of pavilion. Entrance off of American St
  • Triangle lot at Adams, Float, and Winneshiek next to Fire Station
  • Laurel & Willow – Northwest corner
  • Empire & Blackhawk – Southeast corner

When dropping off your tree please follow these simple guidelines:

  • Only drop off real Christmas trees.
  • No artificial trees, garland, or other decorations
  • Please remove all lights and ornaments from the tree before dropping off

Because these trees will be run through a wood chipper, wires, lights, and ornaments can severely damage equipment used during this operation. Residents are advised that the City will ONLY pick up Christmas trees at these eight locations. There will be no curb side pickup. For further information or questions please contact the Public Works Department at 815-235-8210.

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Winter Parking Regulations

As of 8 am onDecember 17, 2016, the City of Freeport has declared a snow emergency. The winter parking regulations will be in effect for 48 hours.

When the City of Freeport declares a snow emergency it will be posted publically to the news media and on this website. If a SNOW EMERGENCY is called then the WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS will be in effect for the next 48 hours. Refer to city ordinance: "486.03, Parking Prohibited Under Certain Conditions."

Winter Parking Regulations apply every year from December 1 to March 31. A “Snow Event” is defined as any time the Public Works Director declares that a snow event of one or more inches will occur or has occurred. The snow event shall continue for a period of forty-eight hours thereafter. You must park on the even-numbered side of street (generally north and west) on even days of the month. Odd days of the month, you must park on odd-numbered side of street (generally east and south). Streets that have designated parking on one side only for an entire city block are exempt. 8:00 am is the beginning hour for all streets in the City, excepting the Business District where odd-even parking does not apply.

Watch for posting of snow events on local media and on our website. The City will notify the following of Winter Parking Regulations: Freeport Police Department, Journal Standard, WEKZ, Big Radio FM102.1, WIFR, WREX, WTVO, 1440 WROK. For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 815-235-8210. Also check out Police Department Facebook page and the City Engineer twitter account @cityoffreeport .

 

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Property Tax Bills

Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2016 for the 2015 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. Installments are due on June 10th and September 9th.

Did you know that NINE PERCENT of your total property tax bill is forwarded 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/ inspections, licensing, grant writing, nuisance inspection, animal control, accounting/payroll 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 comparison purposes, view links below:

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Area Events

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

 

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Household Waste Collection Guidelines

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

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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 administrative assistant with any questions at phone number 815-235-8200.

 

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2015-2016 Phase B Water Main Project through IEPA

The 2015-2016 City of Freeport Water and Sewer Commission, Phase B-Water Main Replacement and Upgrade Project is made possible by the financial assistance and cooperation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and its State Revolving Fund (SRF) providing low interest infrastructure loans to protect or improve Illinois’ quality of drinking water resources. The purpose of this Water and Sewer Commission Project is to make water system improvements, including an estimated 21,080 feet of water main upgrades to 12” and 16” diameter in key areas that would provide adequate water transmission lines from the new Well No.9 to the new Elevated Tank and improvements to pressure zones, including the replacement of 10,310 feet of 6-8 inch water main and the replacement of 75 valves. The project will be funded through a State Revolving Fund loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with the project cost estimated to be $8,587,963.77 - view notice

ORDINANCE #2015-25, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1052 (Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Fund) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Freeport, Illinois as passed by corporate authorities on May 4, 2015 to add $6.00 per month to the Capital Improvement Surcharge - view link

View Map of Proposed Project Area

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Electric Aggregation Questions - view link

 

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