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|City Council Work Session Will Be in Council Chambers After All
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The Galesburg City Council is still continuing with its tests of a change in its meeting structure where business will be conducted on the first meeting of the month and a work session will be on the second.
But Monday night's first work session under the new structure will be held in the council chambers after all -- this, after WGIL first reported that past work sessions in the Erickson Conference Room couldn't be broadcast on cable channel seven, and that very little seating was available for the public -- thus, making what's supposed to be an open meeting hardly open at all.
First Ward Alderman Ken Goad suggested weeks ago that the work session should be in the open. "About three years ago, the council, by consensus, decided that all work sessions should be held here in the City Council chambers," Goad said, "because they can be televised, we have a lot of people who watch. We had a number of requests from people who said they would like to know what we're discussing."
The council Monday night will have four different presentations -- one, on the city's vehicle replacement program, and another on the city's revolving loan programs.
But among the other two is another discussion on the city's noise ordinance, and how it compares to other area communities -- something that Mayor Sal Garza and others have suggested needs to be strengthened.
Aldermen will also discuss the cleanup of several environmental hazards in the city. One, the former Paintcraft site on South Henderson Street, would cost $350,000 due to several chemicals believed to be in the ground there.
The Galesburg City Council meets at 6:30pm Monday for a closed session; the open session immediately follows.
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