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|Residents Ask For Reconsideration of Property Sale
|A Galesburg resident says she and her daughter have gotten the shaft from the city when it comes to either stopping a property being sold, or having it sold to them instead.
Rosalie Ballenger has asked aldermen to reconsider the sale of 616 Indiana Avenue to Galesburg CILA Homes Partnership -- the company building group homes that Saint Mary's Square clients are being transitioned into.
Ballenger claims lawn chemicals and other things used on the property will adversely affect her health. What's more, she says her daughter Shasta Syphrit has tried in the past unsuccessfully to buy the land to turn it into green space.
Ballenger had a heated discussion with Mayor Sal Garza Monday night, and says other conversations haven't gone so well.
"In one of my later conversations with the Mayor I stated the fact I realized I am on the bottom run of the social economic ladder. Mayor Garza told me he believed everyone should be treated equally; he said I should not sell myself short. I thanked him for that. Mayor Garza I believe you sold me short, I believe Shasta has been sold short and also the other family member this affects. Shame on you Mayor Garza."
Ballenger and Syphrit have claimed that Garza has a conflict of interest due to his day job with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Garza says that's not true, and nothing has been done on a state level to help CILA.
The two have asked anyone who support their cause to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so their words can be sent to the city.
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