Chug-a-lug on housing policies proposal

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I was forwarded as an “undisclosed recipient” the following email. It seems there are some residents concerned that the city council would meet three times in special session without a seat at the table for members of their own appointed task force or any public input to discuss housing issues.

The massive proposal includes recommendations made from the Safe and Quality Housing Task force as well as staff recommendations. Those recommendations do not always agree and that makes some worry that staff may have too much say on those differences on policy proposals aimed at housing.

Government policy that reaches inside property lines and into the home tend to make people nervous, I suppose. Mayor Povlsen has publicly emphasized that if the city council is unwilling to raise taxes or revenue to pay for the proposals then he, staff and his appointed tasked force members have wasted a lot of their time. That concerns a few folks, too.

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Subject: Additional dates for City Council special meetings on Task Force housing issues
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:32:43 +0000
From: Jacobson, Linda <ljacobson@cityofdekalb.com>
To: Jacobson, Linda <ljacobson@cityofdekalb.com>

Please see the dates listed below for Council’s next meetings on housing issues. The general public can attend and observe and is invited to sit in the audience area.  These are special meetings of the Council, not joint meetings of the Council/Task Force.

Dates

Wed, Aug 22 at 6p

Wed, Sept 19 at 6p

Wed, Oct 10, at 6p

Please note these dates on your calendars if you wish to attend the meetings.

Thank you

Linda Jacobson

Administrative Assistant

City of DeKalb Public Works

Phone:  815-748-2070

Fax:        815-748-2359

City of DeKalb Municipal Airport

Phone:  815-748-2020

Fax:        815-748-2022

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As far as I know the council is not under any ex parte communications gag rule.

  • David Jacobson (1st Ward): David.Jacobson@cityofdekalb.com
  • Tom Teresinski (2nd Ward): tom.teresinski@cityofdekalb.com
  • Kristen Lash (3rd Ward):  Kristen.Lash@cityofdekalb.com
  • Brendon Gallagher (4th Ward): brendon.gallagher@cityofdekalb.com
  • Ron Naylor (5th Ward): ronald.naylor@cityofdekalb.com
  • Dave Baker (6th Ward): dave.baker@cityofdekalb.com
  • Monica O’Leary (7th Ward): Monica.Oleary@cityofdekalb.com

Or to send an email to ALL council members including Mayor Kris Povlsen, CLICK THIS LINK.

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