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|City Council Looks To End Neighborhood Enhancement
|The Galesburg City Council is essentially saying they want to do away with one city division sooner rather than later, in favor of something else.
As part of a work session on the budget Monday night, aldermen gave the city the direction to start working on cutting the Neighborhood Enhancement division -- the group that deals with things like houses in disrepair, junk in people's yards, and overgrown grass among other things.
Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen floated the idea, which took a good hour and a half out of an over three hour meeting to discuss.
Allen says there have been no results from the division, even after it became an arm of the Galesburg Police Department. He says residents have told him they feel threatened and harassed by the division.
Other aldermen said they've spent more time hearing about this issue from their constituents then possibly any other.
Administrators urged the council to let the division stay as-is until they can come up with an alternate plan, but most council members said no. The city says it will still come up with a new plan.
Mayor Sal Garza urged work sessions on the matter as well.
Neighborhood enhancement makes up about 285-thousand dollars in the city's budget. A formal vote on the idea still needs to be made.
Aldermen Monday evening also suggested things like not building a new garage at the Oquawka water plant, and not providing a small laundromat at the city's Allison campground despite customers saying they wanted it.
They did support an idea to extend City Hall Wi-Fi internet access in such a way that it can be used anywhere on East Main Street.
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