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|Resident Urges Review of Galesburg Cell Phone Use
|A Galesburg resident and former mayoral candidate says he thinks the city is paying too much for cell phones.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night approved the paying of the city's bills which included roughly several thousand dollars worth of cell phone bills -- something David Roknich told aldermen he estimated was five-times more than what the city paid for cell phones just five years ago.
Roknich says he doesn't understand how city cell phones and their usage have ballooned so much since 2005. "There were 11 cell phones (in 2005). Only one of them had a bill greater than $80," Roknich said. "Today, we have 35 cell phones, and some of them have bills greater than $200 each. I think this is a concern, and that these bills need to be examined."
Roknich says the bills need to be paid now, but that the cell phones need to be examined more now as well.
No action was taken on Roknich's concern, and aldermen did not comment on it either.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night did approve a revolving loan for CII Embroidery on East Main Street for the proposed expansion of their business, but tabled the proposed sale of 67 city-owned parcels of land citing several concerns about the process to sell them.
Aldermen also approved a going forward with four proposed property demolitions. A fifth -- a commercial building at 742 Harvey Street, was taken off the list after a new owner recently took over the property and intends to rehab it.
(David Roknich, toward the lower left, watches as Gary Smith made his final remarks as Galesburg Mayor Monday night. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|05 04 09 by Newsroom
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