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Water Main Breaks
As Posted by Water and Sewer Commission on March 6, 2014:
Posted by Public Works Director Tom Dole:
Thomas E. Dole
Residential Rental Property Regulations
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
All rental properties must be in compliance with the lease/rental agreement and registration provisions by April 1, 2014. The City of Freeport will mail information to rental property owners in advance of this date with further instructions on registering properties.
The City of Freeport's current electrical aggregation program will end with your
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.
Stephenson County Flood Risk Information Open House
The Stephenson County Flood Risk Information Open House has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the following location and times:
Officials' Session: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Illinois State Water Survey is hosting the Open House on behalf of FEMA to present the revised Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Stephenson County, Illinois and Incorporated Areas. The Preliminary FIRM and FIS report reflect a Physical Map Revision (PMR), which is an action whereby one or more FIRM map panels are physically revised and republished, effecting changes to flood insurance zones, floodplain delineations, flood elevations, floodway, and/or planimetric features. This PMR has occurred as the result of new study information and affects a limited area.
The revision incorporates new flood studies for the Pecatonica River ( including backwater effects on some tributaries), and the approximately 8.3 mile portion of Yellow Creek from the confluence with the Pecatonica River to Forest Road/Fairgrounds Road. The study areas intersect a total of 19 map panels; one or more of these panels depict land area within your community. A thirty day comment period commences with the Open House. Comments may be sent to Shelly Fuller, Illinois State Water Survey, 2204 Griffith Drive, MC-674, Champaign, Illinois 61820-7463.
FEMA has posted digital copies of the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report to the following website: www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata. The Preliminary products are also available for viewing and download at: www.illinoisfloodmaps.org. The FIRM panels hosted on the Illinois site are lower resolution providing for faster viewing and download. To help you identify areas of change and better understand your community's flood risk, an online Preliminary Changes Since Last FIRM (CSLF) map, Preliminary Flood Depth Grids, and link to NOAA's Inundation Map of the Pecatonica River at Freeport, Illinois are located under the …even more! section of the Illinois site. Feel free to share these sites and/or the enclosed meeting flyer with the residents of your community.
---Caring For Our Communities ---
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.
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.
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.
Demolition of Dangerous and Unsafe Structures
Building Permits - visit department page for
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.
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:
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:
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 more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555
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
Albertus Airport (FEP) Corporate Hangars- view brochure
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.
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
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
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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