This Week From The Mayor of Freeport

Freeport, Illinois —  A few weeks ago, I wrote about a first-time event we are planning called Meet with the Mayor. This event will be held on 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. I’m excited about the chance to talk to the people of Freeport and see what your ideas are for solutions to problems or maybe you have creative ideas that can help move Freeport in a positive forward-thinking direction.

We were informed by the US Department of Justice Office of Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) about their 3rd annual National Coffee with a Cop Day. We are going to hold our first of what we hope becomes an annual event here in Freeport to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five foreign countries for the
2018 event. Chief of Police Todd Barkalow, City Manager Lowell Crow and myself will be at the Boys and Girls Club/King Center at 511 South Liberty on Wednesday, October 3 from 9 to 10 AM. Come join us for a cup of coffee and meaningful conversation. No agendas – no barriers – just a willingness to sit down, listen and have a conversation over a cup of coffee.

To keep the conversations flowing we also plan to have “Have a Cup of Joe with City Manager Crow” on Friday, October 19th from 8 – 9 AM at 9 East Coffee at 9 East Stephenson. This will be an open forum where the City Manager takes questions.

We look forward to hearing from you at these events!

Welcome to Pretzel City Sports Academy located on 3rd level of Rawleigh building. They have an open house set for Monday September 17th from 6 – 8 PM.

Starting next Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23 we will have Paint – Pedal – Pour – Paddle event. Paint the Port is downtown on Friday between 4 and 8 pm. Tour de Freeport is Saturday starting at 8 AM at Tutty’s Crossing. Pretzel City Brewfest with over 100 craft beers from all over the region starts at 1 PM and ends at 5:30 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can Paddle the Pec. Enjoy free kayak and canoe rides on the Pecatonica River starting at Tutty’s Crossing. Equipment will be provided for this fun event.

The Salvation Army is sponsoring a Community Worship, Picnic and Concert Sunday from 11:30 AM to 5 PM at Debate Square. For more information and the schedule of events you can call 815-235-7639.

Saturday, September 22nd is the first day of autumn. Hard to believe how fast the summer flew by and not sure I am ready for this next season, or the one that follows!

Saturday, October 6th is the Autumn Leaf Run for the Freeport Parks Foundation. The race begins at 9 AM at the Oakdale Nature Preserve.

You can learn more and register online at

On Monday at the Council meeting I will be presenting two proclamations. One is for National Recovery Month to recognize the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. We will also recognize September 23 – 29 as
National Rail Recovery Week as a way to educate the public about rail safety.

Monday we will also introduce our new Community and Economic Development director at the Council meeting. We are pleased to have Andrew Zupkoff join our leadership team.

Freeport is a great place to live, work and play. Thank you for being a part of it!


Jodi Miller is the Mayor of the city of Freeport, Illinois

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