City Council Meeting Tonight

The Decatur City Council will be meeting tonight at the Civic Center at 5:30 pm. The main agenda will be the budget. Councilman Caulkins reimbursement request for his legal fees is on the agenda again, we’ll see if his lawyer shows up this time. If you can’t make it down to the meeting and you have Comcast, tune in to channel 18. ( I think that’s right!)

The council packet for tonight’s meeting can be downloaded here. (Offsite, PDF, 10.67 MB) This is a 208 page packet! I’ll have to set aside some time to read it through and take some notes. There are quite extensive details regarding the city’s beautification program in this packet. I believe the recommendation is to have Macon Resources take over the maintenance of these beds. Private landscapers have done this in the past but for whatever reason(s) that didn’t work out too well. Personally, I’d like to see more wildflowers planted, they take care of themselves! I’ve been waiting for the flowers to grow and bloom in the median between Water & Main by Brettwood Village all Spring. (See the picture below from last year.)

A Side Note:

A good link to keep bookmarked, if you haven’t noticed it before, is the council agenda page on the city’s Web site. This has all the up-to-date council meeting times, agendas and other important information regarding city council business.

http://www.ci.decatur.il.us/citygovernment/council/council_agenda.htm

UPDATE:

I watched most the the council meeting last night. It looks like Caulkins was denied reimbursement for his legal fees though most of the council expressed sympathy for his troubles. It was agreed that some sort of “system” needs to be in place for the future. I’ve been on the fence on the Caulkins thing for a while. Part of me could see his point of view, it’s not like you get rich being a councilperson in Decatur; the other part of me realized that if he were reimbursed – this could possibly open up an expensive can of worms in the future!

An interesting lengthy “discussion” centered around a property that had been ordered demolished, but was purchased by a private entity, who hoped to secure a federal loan of $360,000 to turn the property into low-income housing. Apparently this building has been a notorious hot spot for criminal activity through the years and the neighbors wanted to see it go; they even inquired into purchasing the property themselves but for whatever reason didn’t know the right channels to do so before the other entity did. (At least that’s what I got out of the conversation.) The neighbors have complained of lewd conduct by the contractor working on the building and claimed criminal activities are still a problem. I’m sure there’s two sides to the story, but at any rate, the council chose to nix the building owners request for the funds.

The council plans to meet in special session on Wednesday April 23rd, to select an Executive Search Firm, to find qualified city manager applicants.

3 Comments, RSS

  1. Sue Barnhart April 23, 2008 @ 3:50 am

    At the very end of the council meeting city legal staff proposed some very good ideas they have been working on to help clean up the neighborhoods. I am so pleased with these and truly believe they will make a difference. In addition someone from legal has begun attending CONO to answer questions and get input from concerned citizens.

  2. haywired

    haywired April 23, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

    Sue, when and where does CONO meet?

  3. Sue Barnhart April 26, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    The 4th Tuesday of every month at Decatur Public Library 7pm. Public is welcome.

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