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Freeport Water & Sewer Commission Flushing of Hydrants & Water Mains
The Freeport Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants and water lines from May 10 through May 26, 2017. The hydrant flushing program will be intermittent flushing due to the new pressure zone start up. Flushing will occur during the hours of 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. During flushing, customers may experience rusty or cloudy colored water. While the water remains safe to drink, customers should run their water for 5 to 10 minutes prior to doing laundry during this time to avoid staining of clothing. If water discoloration persists, at your location for more than 24 hours after running water for 5 to 10 minutes, our department will re-flush the water mains that serve your area. If this occurs please call the Freeport Water & Sewer Construction Dispatch number @ 815-233-1686 leaving your full street address and flushing request. Flushing requests can be received by our staff at the above number during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm or left by phone message after normal working hours. We appreciate your patience and support with our essential flushing program.
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Landscape Waste Program -- Begins April 12th!
Landscape Waste Program is a program through Moring Disposal for residential pick-up of grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush, and tree trimmings less than 2 inches in diameter. The program begins April 12th and will continue through November 8th. There is a pre-paid cost each season of $91 which includes weekly service and toter. Additional toters are available for rent for the season for an annual prepaid fee of $41.50. Any questions please contact the haulers at phone numbers listed above.
Freeport Mosquito Abatement District (FMAD)
A separate taxing body called the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District oversees issues with mosquito control application. The Freeport Mosquito Abatement District has a contractual mosquito control arrangement with Clarke, a global environment products and services company. http://www.clarke.com/
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.
Call the Clarke Mosquito Control Hotline: 1-800-942-2555
To watch an overview of Clarke's Integrated Mosquito Control Program:
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555
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:
Household Waste Collection Guidelines
Collection Guidelines issued by Moring-Gills Environmental Services - view summary
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.
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
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