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|Hunger, Slumlords Top "People in Galesburg" Meeting
|Although the attendance wasn't as high as it was at their last meeting, a local group still hosted another spirited discussion.
"The People In Galesburg" held their second meeting Thursday night at the Galesburg Public library where local residents had their chance to address issues in their community.
The meeting first allows people to speak about whatever they want until they vote on two topics to expand on. Thursday night, the two winning topics were feeding the hungry and code enforcement and slumlords in town.
Much of the discussion focused on feeding those who go hungry regularly. Residents at the meeting said they were concerned with how they would be able to provide a program that could take extra food from possibly restaurants or other businesses and donate them to those who are in need of a meal.
One of those who attended, Bruce Weik, tells WGIL some restrictions will have to be made to provide food for the hungry.
"The determination and the effort to do that is to work through some of the rules that we make to not allow that to happen," Weik said, "which might be that you can't use food that's already been cooked, or, there are numerous ones that seem to come up."
The other topic up for a longer discussion at the meeting was actually a mixture of many different topics dealing with slumlords and code enforcement in neighborhoods.
Many who spoke said they see this as a regular problem that has a profound effect on their specific block. Both sides of the coin of landlords and tenants were heard from for which they said blame can be pointed at both groups of individuals.
(Galesburg Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen, right, takes notes during Thursday night's People in Galesburg Meeting.)
(A volunteer takes notes on suggestions for topics at Thursday's meeting. WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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