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Firefighters discuss options with city
GALENA-Galena Fire Chief Mike Simmons reported to the city council on Feb. 26 that after taking a good look at firm cost estimates based on engineering drawings for the proposed addition to the present Galena Fire Department building, the members of the all-volunteer Galena Fire Department have decided to "go back to square one and discuss what we really want in 20 to 30 years."

Simmons said they have discussed various plans and revisions of plans for an addition to the back of the present building (dated 1940, with one more recent addition) and finally concluded that an adequate addition would probably cost $1.6 to $1.9 million.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Recreation Park bathhouse repairs 'going good'
GALENA-Although the recent weather hasn't exactly been conducive of pleasurable fantasies of enjoying a cooling dip in Galena's swimming pool and water park, work on repairing the damage to the bathhouse from the Jan. 30 fire is "going good" according to Galena Facilities Manager Craig Albaugh.

Fortunately, thanks to the early discovery of the fire by Galena Public Works Department crew members Jason Bingham and Dave Frank, there was little structural damage but smoke and soot can and did create a real mess. All the insulation and ceiling tile in the building had to be removed and replaced, and cleaning and deodorizing the building was estimated at a week's work for a five- to seven-person crew of professional fire-damage cleanup workers.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007
The gazebo
GALENA-The city has a problem with fixing up the Grant Park gazebo: It's a small job and no contractors want to bother with it, particularly since the city normally requires bid bonds, performance bonds, and payment bonds on any contract over $10,000.

Galena Facilities Manager Craig Albaugh reported to the Galena City Council on Feb. 26 that he had sent out bid documents on the necessary patching and painting to eight contractors and not received any bids. He said that this has happened on several small jobs the city has sent out for bids recently. He added that the staff believes this happens because the contractors are busy and the bonds required are too cumbersome to obtain for small jobs.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Hotel/motel tax
GALENA-Galena will postpone collecting hotel/motel tax revenue until Dec. 1, under certain contingencies.

Before taking this action, the city was set to start collecting hotel/motel tax revenue generated within the Galena city limits on May 1, 2007.

However, the city had agreed to turn over to the county the H/M tax revenue collected from May 1 through Nov. 30, 2007, so the county could plan promotional activities for the entire season.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007
County reports hotel/motel tax for FY06
GALENA-Hotel/motel tax receipts for fiscal year 2006 (FY 06) of $1,177,948.10 for Jo Daviess County have just been reported by the county treasurer's office. This reflects a slight decrease of 1.95 percent, or $20,878.26, when compared to the fiscal year 2005 (FY 05) total of $1,201, 426.63.

The county's fiscal year runs from Dec. 1 through Nov. 30. The final monthly total for November 2006, the last month of the fiscal year, may increase slightly as payments are received from delinquent properties or properties that, as allowed by statute, pay on an annual basis.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Weather impedes guests
JO DAVIESS COUNTY-Snowfall on Tuesday, Feb. 13 kept representatives from Blackwater USA and the Jo-Carroll Local Redevelopment Authority from visiting the Jo Daviess County Board's regular meeting. Presentations were scheduled for both.

The snow, ironically, didn't stop a camera man from the Chicago ABC affiliate, channel 7, set up before the meeting. He told board members he was on assignment, covering the presentation from Blackwater. Blackwater, a private military contractor, opened Blackwater North in Mt. Carroll in November. For more on Blackwater, see next week's Gazette.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Village applies for $350k grant
ELIZABETH-The village of Elizabeth board held a public hearing to discuss applying for a $350,000 grant toward the cost of wastewater treatment facility and sanitary sewer improvements. The total estimated cost for the project is $2,114,500.

There was no public comment and the village board voted unanimously to approve the application.

The grant is through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).

The village is also in the process of securing grant and loan funds from the USDA Rural Development Waste Disposal program.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Expanded merit
JO DAVIESS COUNTY-One of Jo Daviess County Sheriff Leo Hefel's campaign promises became a reality last week, as the county board approved increasing the size of the merit commission from a three-member board to a five-member board.

The sheriff's merit commission is a county board-appointed committee, which reviews personnel issues, and renders disciplinary judgments. Hefel said during last year's campaign he hoped to expand the commission, and use it more, as a citizen's voice for hirings and promotions.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007
LRA enters negotiation period with Interex
The Jo-Carroll Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) and International Renewable Energy LLC (Interex) have entered into a 30-day exclusive negotiating period for 353 acres at the former Savanna Army Depot.

The deal was reached at the LRA's meeting held Thursday, Feb. 15, at the depot.

Interex is planning on constructing a $500 million renewable energy park that could employ up to 640 workers in two phases.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007
City OKs draft intergovernment agreement
GALENA-The Galena City Council voted unanimously to accept Draft 7 of the long-discussed and much revised Intergovernmental Agreement.

Basically, the agreement spells out the way growth will be regulated within the mile and a half extraterritorial district just outside the Galena city limits. The agreement specifies that any development within the mile and a half district and also within the Contiguous Growth Areas (CGAs) shall be subject to city of Galena building, zoning, and life-safety codes and the City of Galena Highway 20 Corridor Overlay District Ordinance.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007


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