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|Proposed Property Sale Around Regency Dashed; AFSCME Contract Approved
|FIRST REPORTED 7:17pm 6/7/10, UPDATED 6:00am 6/8/10 If Galesburg's residents don't want some land near Lake Storey and close to a dilapidated hotel sold, then it won't be.
That's what happened Monday night, as the Galesburg City Council voted 2-5 against selling three parcels of property in the area of the old Regency Hotel, possibly dashing the hopes of a supposed unnamed developer who wants to tear down the hotel and build something new there.
Fifth Ward Alderman Karen Lafferty says she just is voting the way the people want.
"They're pretty determined that we should keep the property that we have located out there," Lafferty said. "In order to accommodate my constituents, I will be voting 'no' not to sell."
First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says, however, he's not going to give in to those who comment on local Internet websites who don't think the land should be sold.
"I don't know where they're getting their information from, but most of it is false, probably 99.9...however far out you want to go (percent)," Goad said. "A lot of speculation."
Goad and Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen were the only aldermen voting in favor of the move, with the Second Ward's Wayne Dennis abstaining.
The city initially bought the land for the possible expansion of Lakeside Recreation Center.
Aldermen Monday night voted 7-1 in favor of a new three-year contract with city employees represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
It provides for 3.25% percent pay raises each year, retroactive to January, 2009.
Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming cast the only "no" vote, saying he didn't support the new contracts already passed for police officers and firefighters, so he wasn't supporting the AFSCME deal either.
(A map designed by the City of Galesburg indicating the property that was proposed to be for sale, in red, around the Regency Hotel.)
|06 08 10 by Newsroom
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