Plan to come for the annual DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues: State of the City event this Wednesday, July 25th. The event will begin with a buffet breakfast starting at 7:30am followed by a presentation about the City of DeKalb by Mayor Kris Povlsen and City Manager Mark Biernacki wrapping up 2011-12 and looking ahead to 2012-13. New Police Chief Gene Lowery will also be there to communicate the plans for the police department and some upcoming policing initiatives.
Eggs & Issues: State of the City is expected to go until 9:30am and will be held at the Hopkins Park Community Center at 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. For reservations please call (815) 756-6306 or register online here.
Mayor Kris Povlsen
Is Mayor Kris Povlsen turning a new page in DeKalb municipal governance? Is he raising the bar on ethics to eliminate any appearance of conflict of interest among the administrative, council, commissions, committees and stakeholder members of the City of DeKalb?
He has certainly demonstrated a very high standard of ethics in his decision to remove John Guio as chair of the plan commission. Guio’s wife is on the board of Hope Haven, an agency that serves the area’s homeless population. She is a retired city employee. The agency is petitioning the City of DeKalb for approval of variances to its current zoning to allow expansion of its facilities. According to reports Guio deliberated for some time as to whether he should vote on the matter when it came before the plan commission because of his wife’s affiliation with Hope Haven. He voted cautioning that his vote may be negated.
The mayor saw the infraction as serious enough to warrant Guio’s removal.
Raising the ethics bar could not have come at a better time for DeKalb residents and taxpayers.
Roughly $1.6 million in property tax dollars were raised over the past few years in large part due to a couple of library tax levy increases that were illegally decided in closed session meetings in which no minutes are available to the public.
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