FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — At the Monday, March 23, 2020 Council meeting the City of Freeport Council passed an ordinance to help with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic to local businesses.
The City temporarily suspends the act of disconnecting water/sewer services for nonpayment of water/sewer bills and temporarily suspends the imposition of late fees for nonpayment of water/sewer bills until May 1, 2020. Water/sewer customers shall remain responsible for all water and sewer usage charges however water/sewer services will not be disconnected for non-payment of water/sewer bills.
The City Council authorized the City Manager to establish temporary loading zones until May 1, 2020 in and around restaurants in the downtown area to assists with carry out and curbside pick-up of food. The City temporarily suspended the parking restrictions on Linden Street in front of the Stephenson County Health Department, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until May 1, 2020.
The City will provide a credit, to the holders of a Class A (Tavern), Class R (Restaurant), Class CR (cater retailer), Class H (Rental Halls), Class W (Wine and Beer On-Premises) or Class K (Brewpubs and Wine Retailers) liquor license, in an amount equal to 2 months of their annual liquor license fees due on July 1, 2020 and waives the collection of City food and beverage taxes for the months of March and April 2020.
The City will provide a credit to all video gaming terminal license holders in an amount equal to 2 months of their renewal license fees due on July 1, 2020.
The City is delaying the imposition of the water and sewer rate increase (which was scheduled to go into effect May 1, 2020) to May 1, 2021.
The City temporarily suspends certain Temporary Sign regulations (as determined by the City Manager), waive the fee for Temporary Signs, and allow for Temporary Signs to be applied for via telephone, until May 1, 2020.
The City will be paying the administrative fee/charge on behalf of those individuals that utilize the Payment Service Network (PSN) for bill paying until May 1, 2020.