The following is a summary of documents obtained from the City of DeKalb involving a group from the 5th Ward, the City of DeKalb, and the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at NIU.
The 5th Ward group was first called a “task force” although it has never been an official city committee. Now, the informal association is known as the Ellwood Historic District or Ellwood Historic Neighborhood.
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|Date of Event||Involving||Documents||Comments
|1/19/2010||5th Ward North Neighborhood Task Force; CGS; City ||Meeting agenda; Concept Paper for Artist Relocation/Integration||City prepares agenda, pays room rental $100
|3/1/2010||5th Ward North Neighborhood Task Force; CGS; City ||Meeting agenda||City prepares agenda
|4/1/2010||NIU Board of Trustees; City||Contract for work April-June on N. 5th Plan||City pays NIU $6000
|5/7/2010||CGS; City||Meeting notes||5th Ward planning meeting
|5/25/2010||North 5th Ward Neighborhood; CGS; City||Informational flyer, agenda, meeting summary report||CGS prepares materials; includes timetable, action plan
|6/17, 6/30, 8/11/2010||Neighborhood meetings held||?||
|9/28/2010||Ellwood Historic District; CGS; City||Informational meeting agenda; tentative 4-year program plan||City prepares draft plan
|4/19/2011||Ellwood Historic District; CGS; City||Agenda of "public meeting"||EHD member prepares agenda; City mails it to 180 5th Ward residents
|5/4/2011||Ellwood Historic District homeowners, renters & landlords||Agenda of "public meeting"||Same as above; agenda includes: "Making use of $100,000 in TIF funds"
Fifth Ward Alderman Ron Naylor seems very proud that the FY2011 budget is down $700,000 from FY2007.
I went through those budgets and counted more than 40 positions eliminated since FY2008 — but, assuming a little hiring has been done this past fiscal year, let’s say we’re down about three dozen.
There’s been virtually nothing spent on equipment, in fact personnel account for 89% of expenditures now, according to the FY2011 budget. And with the recent exception of fuel costs, commodities have been pretty stable for a couple years.
So: $700,000 is pretty measly in this context. Why hasn’t the budget been whittled down several million? Read the rest of this entry
I am guilty of too much talk and not enough homework done this week.
There is indeed a scenario in which Alderman Ron Naylor paid the Ellwood House room rental for a 5th Ward meet-up, even when there’s a “RM RNTL 5TH WARD 1/19/10 MTG” note in the city’s check register. The scenario is more than one 5th Ward meeting having taken place. I mistook the 1/19 meeting for his “coffee,” and did so in error. I am sorry for the mistake.
First, the Hope Haven expansion vote. The good folks at HH have been raked over the coals for two months and it’s finally over. Many thanks to Mayor Povlsen and Aldermen Simpson, Teresinski and Verbic for their “aye” votes. Hat tip to Alderman Naylor for alluding to the double standard used for HH and the other residential project on the front burner — oh, and if you want to argue it’s apples and oranges, fine, but let’s DO have the argument.
Fourth Ward alderman Brendon Gallagher gets the “Let Them Eat Cake”/juxtaposition fail award for mentioning his country club hobnobbing during the annexation hearing and then vigorously rejecting a proposal that would help people down on their luck in his own ward. As for Alderman Kammes of the 7th, it’s a funny dang time for her to start responding to e-mail, but, whatev.
Much as I am clearly a cheerleader for Hope Haven, that matter overshadowed some serious financial news. Read the rest of this entry