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|Galesburg Aldermen Support Railroad Hall of Fame Locating Downtown
|The City of Galesburg is apparently ready to, at least, help get the National Railroad Hall of Fame a prime location to set up shop in the city's downtown.
Aldermen Monday night, after a resident accused them of making a fast vote, okayed a resolution supporting the National Railroad Hall of Fame locating downtown, and also commits the city to providing help in securing a location.
The same resident who accused aldermen of the fast vote told aldermen he believes the resolution commits the city to buying property for the Hall to locate, which he said was improper.
Both Mayor Gary Smith and City Manager Dane Bragg don't see it that way.
"This is a non-binding resolution. Council can change their mind, if they wish, at a later time. Is that not correct?" Smith asked.
"That is correct," Bragg said. "Any contribution, whether in kind or monetary, that the city would choose to make, would be done through a development agreement with the National Railroad Hall of Fame board at that time. Any obligation of that type would be approved by the council at that time."
Hall of Fame officials say having such backing from the city will help as it prepares to embark on a national fundraising campaign, even though specific building plans for the facility have yet to be announced.
Aldermen, among other items, also approved purchasing nine new dashboard cameras for the nine new Galesburg Police Squad cars, and also held a work session related to a proposed overhaul of the property inspection process which would also lead to a greater focus on properties in poor shape.
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