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4.32 percent tax increase proposed

4.32 percent tax increase proposed

By Ryan Ocasio | November 16, 2014

Mike Peddle, Finance Advisory Committee chairman, speaks about the 2014 tax levy and the status of DeKalb’s finances during the City Council and Finance Advisory Committee meeting Thursday at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. The City Council proposed a 4.32 percent tax increase at the meeting. Aldermen will review the proposed increase at the Dec. 8 City Council meeting.

Dan Watkins, owner of Herbal Embers, 161. E Lincoln Highway, looks on Tuesday at his shop. Watkins said a proposed ordinance that asked business owners to pay for yearly inspections could hurt entrepreneurs. “I hope we can open up lines of communication between the city and businesses,” Watkins said. “I believe in this community, but small businesses walk a thin line, and I have to do what’s best for my business.”

City delays vote on business inspections

By Jessica Christofersen | October 29, 2014

Business owners balked at an ordinance that would require businesses to pay for a yearly inspection, leading to the postponement of a vote on the ordinance.The postponement of voting on the Commercial/Industrial Building Responsibility Code ordinance,...

Leaving aldermen focus on upgrades

Leaving aldermen focus on upgrades

By Kelly Bauer | August 27, 2014

Third Ward Alderwoman Kristen Lash and 5th Ward Alderman Ron Naylor plan to use their last eight months in their positions to push for road improvements and airport expansion.The City Council members do not plan to seek re-election when their terms end...

Council pushed to use neutral language

By Lark Lewis | April 28, 2014

A resident’s words sparked discussion over the use of gender-inclusive language in City Council at its Monday meeting.Lynnea Erickson voiced her disapproval of how City Council handled the suggestion of altering language to include all genders at the...

Council wants more time for 2015 budget

By Keisha Howerth | February 25, 2014

City Council has decided the dates on which it will discuss the city’s budget, but it will change next year’s budget workshop schedule because it conflicts with NIU graduation.City Council discussed the current calendar year for the fiscal year budget...

Council makes changes to reflect state law

By Lark Lewis | January 14, 2014

City Council looked at what role DeKalb will play in the state’s recently enacted medical marijuana and concealed carry laws at its meeting Monday.DeKalb has ordinances that prohibit the use of guns and the possession of drug paraphernalia and weed,...

City Council votes in Irongate

By Lark Lewis | October 29, 2013

After more than nine months of debate, the Irongate of DeKalb Subdivision is becoming a reality.City Council discussed and voted on the development being placed near DeKalb High School on Dresser Road. The item was brought up as a second reading at City...

City Council votes “no” on Irongate annexation

By Ali Combs | July 22, 2013

The long-debated Irongate annexation was officially turned down at Monday’s City Council meeting.With comments from former mayor Bessie Chronopoulos, local landlord Paul Saucer, neighbors to the proposed Irongate land, and a speaker from the Park District...

David Schreiber, of Madison, Wis., speaks to City Council Monday on improvements for the NIU campus and readily accessible transportation from campus to downtown DeKalb.

City Council OK’s 2 percent raise for attorney

By Ali Combs | July 8, 2013

City attorney Dean Frieders can breathe: His salary will see an increase in line with city staff and other private contractors who work with the city.At Monday’s City Council meeting, members approved an increase to Frieders’ salary which was debated...

T.J. Moore, Director of Public Works, gives an update on the construction of the new police station at DeKalb City Council on Monday night.

City Council met Monday to discuss planning of Olive Garden, construction of Police Station

By Michael Bergeron | October 22, 2012

DeKalb City Council met Monday night to discuss the terms of the Olive Garden development and the construction progress of the new police station. Darden Restaurants is looking to redevelop an about 5,700 sq. feet area currently owned by Small’s Furniture...

Brendon Gallagher has held the DeKalb 4th Ward Alderman position since 2009 after previously serving as a board member for the village of Shabbona.

City Council discusses housing ordinances in special session Wed.

By Jessi Haish | October 10, 2012

City Council members discussed proposed housing ordinances during a special meeting Wednesday. The council discussed a three strike rule which could lead to interior inspections. Also discussed were planned sidewalk inspections and how to fund the new...

City Council discusses city crime rates, dog laws

By Ryan Felgenhauer | October 8, 2012

The DeKalb City Council received a report of police activities at a meeting Monday. The report, presented by Chief of Police Gene Lowery, details criminal activity in DeKalb between the dates of Aug. 23 and Sept. 30. The report noted an increase of crime...