Council Summary – March 2022
It’s been a while since I reported on what was happening at the City Council so this is to catch you up. From a celebration perspective, we celebrated the birth of a grandbaby for the Mayor and Alderperson Elston; Alderperson Ekquist’s birthday; and the 50th Wedding Anniversary for Alderperson Wilen and her husband. We celebrated the pinning of two firefighters, Lucas Pfister and Nicholas Hammer and the promotion of fire officer Mike Mackey to Captain.
Please note that April 4th begins yard waste pickup. Garbage and recycling services continue as always. I would ask citizens to be careful what they put in the recycle bin. If unsure what to recycle, please contact Republic Waste (815-625-1000).
Business related this is the season of setting the budget for the upcoming year starting May 1st. Our City Manager, City Treasurer, Department Heads, and the Council take the taxation and budget process very seriously and do their best to be excellent stewards of your money. Our City Clerk has been diligently going over the fees we charge to make sure they are not excessive and that our regulations are in line with other communities like us.
On the construction front, big things are going to be happening. While it is State project, the rebuilding of Locust (Route 40) from 15th Street to Lynn Blvd is going to be a major project. We will be working on a number of streets including LeFevre so be sure to watch the City’s Facebook page and website for information.
We are also getting ready to add restrooms, a concession stand, and updates to the park area at Grandon Center. It is a valuable asset to the City and is the site of many activities.
March 7th’s Council meeting was especially exciting for those who are eager to see the Riverfront redeveloped. To that end, the Council heard from the Keystone Group and the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce about the results of a survey they conducted. This survey will help the Riverfront Commission and Gorman & Company to determine priorities for redevelopment. While we will see action at the riverfront this summer (park and Wallace Street), the development of the big factory buildings will take time. Nonetheless, the steps taken on 7 March are huge as we try to make progress.
I would like to encourage people to regularly check the City’s website (www.sterling-il.gov) and the City of Sterling Facebook page for more current information and announcements. We also have a City of Sterling app for devices. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month we welcome anyone who would like to attend the City Council meeting either in person or virtually. Of course, if you have questions, feel free to call us at 815-632.-621.
The City Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m.