Freeport, Illinois — With yesterday being the first official day of fall and the temperatures changing we are hopeful that the mosquito situation in the Midwest will clear up. The Mosquito Abatement District is not under the City of Freeport jurisdiction so I would like to remind people that although we are in close contact with that group we are not the ones that control the sprayings and if you have concerns please call 800-942-2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We were advised that they sprayed on Friday of last week and at the time this article is being written we have been advised another spray is scheduled.
I am really excited about our upcoming open discussions with our city leaders. Earlier I had told you about the Meet with the Mayor event to be held Thursday, September 27th from 8 to 9 AM at Higher Grounds.
The format will be a 5-minute time frame allotted on a first come first served basis. This will be a good chance to learn your ideas for solutions to problems or creative ideas to help move Freeport in a positive forward-thinking direction.
Following that we will participate in the national Coffee with a Cop event. Police Chief Todd Barkalow, myself and City Manager Lowell Crow will be at the Boys and Girls Club/King Center at 511 South Liberty from 9 AM – 10 AM. This will be an open forum.
On Friday, October 19 you can stop in for a “Cup of Joe with City Manager Crow” at 9 East located at 9 East Stephenson from 8 – 9 AM. We encourage citizens to come to any or all of these events and share your ideas and concerns.
On September 12th I had the privilege of swearing in Clairisse Abele to the Freeport Police Department. She has been an auxiliary officer since October of 2016 and graduated from the Civilian Police Academy. She is from Stephenson County.
This past week I also had the honor of swearing in new firefighter Chad Kundert. Chad is from Freeport. Welcome to both.
The fall civilian police academy session has the largest group to date with 24 people currently going through the program. In October the civilian fire academy will be Tuesdays from 6 – 8 PM. For more information please call the fire department at 815-235-8217 or visit the City of Freeport website.
I’d like to give a shout out to the Bocker Group and Delbert Bunker. In case you haven’t noticed, this caring group of employees recently had a truck that they filled with donations for our local FACC and then another truck for donations to the recent hurricane areas in the Carolinas. I would also like to recognize Etchberger Trucking from
Freeport for their donation of time and the semi to get the items delivered. This exemplifies genuine caring, not just for our community but for people in general.
We learned this week of more encouraging news regarding home sales in Freeport. In the month of August there were 34 homes sold priced from $7,500 to $215,000 for a total of $2,445,350 in sales! Average sale price was $71,922. There are currently 134 homes on the market.
I’d like to welcome new business, Jazzercize Freeport located above Deininger’s at 1 ½ Main Street. It is so encouraging to see new businesses come to our downtown area. This new business came out of last year’s Fish Tank program and although they weren’t the winner they went on to make their dream a reality!
Another new business for Freeport is the Girl Scouts of America Resource Center. There will be a grand opening at their location at the Meadows Mall at 1834 South West Avenue, Suite 21. Please join us for this ribbon cutting and opening Tuesday, September 25 starting at 5 PM and welcome them to Freeport.
If you get a chance to stop by the Visitors Center be sure to pick up the fall Northwest Quarterly magazine. Local writer Sherry Maves did a wonderful job capturing the best Freeport has to offer in an article in that issue.
Freeport is a great place to live, work and play. Thank you for being a part of it!
Jodi Miller is Mayor of the city of Freeport, Illinois.