DeKalb’s City Manager’s Spending Authoritah

[Updated significantly about 7:55 a.m.] Municipal Code, Chapter 54, Financial Administration (my emphasis): The City Manager or his designee shall have the authority to enter into contracts for the purchase of goods and materials, the provision of contractual or professional services, and the construction of public improvements authorized by the approved annual budget in the … Continue reading DeKalb’s City Manager’s Spending Authoritah

The Housing Task Force, Its Surprise Consultant & Trust

The last full meeting of DeKalb’s Safe/Quality Task Force was November 16 and I attended. A funny thing happened there. The meeting started out with members expressing dismay that the city had unilaterally brought in a consultant to work on some of the same issues the Task Force is addressing, namely property maintenance code enforcement … Continue reading The Housing Task Force, Its Surprise Consultant & Trust

First 5 Things the Housing Task Force Should Do

1. Ask the City to find a little space on the front page of its website to advertise upcoming meetings. 2. Review the codes. 3. Request the City conduct public hearings to start a comprehensive evaluation of the fairness and effectiveness of code enforcement activities. 4. Direct the crafting of an electronic survey to incorporate … Continue reading First 5 Things the Housing Task Force Should Do

I Am a Chronic Nuisance Part 2

After the meeting tonight, in which the Council OK’d raises for administrative staff—yet voted down the new position that would have been the Rental Inspection Manager!—some “I am a Chronic Nuisance” t-shirts and buttons were noticed and desired; so: here is the link if you want to get one. I didn’t realize the original post … Continue reading I Am a Chronic Nuisance Part 2

RIP Thread

Regarding the proposed, controversial Rental Inspection Program (RIP), I have obtained materials available at the website of the Tenants, Landowners, Community Rights Group (TLC), have talked with a couple landlords and have read about voluntary inspection programs in other college towns (such as here and here.) While not necessarily opposed to a rental inspection program, … Continue reading RIP Thread

Task force a potential bright spot for Annie Glidden North revitalization

It’s no secret that my main concern for the Annie Glidden North revitalization effort is the possibility that City of DeKalb and NIU are preparing to push a secret agenda to the detriment of public input and outcomes. As I exhaustively outlined for you earlier, email discussions of private planning, from the “DeKalb 2020 Prospectus” … Continue reading Task force a potential bright spot for Annie Glidden North revitalization

As We Head to the Final Vote on the Budget

DeKalb’s expenses are outpacing revenues: The city will spend at least $30 million from its general fund, a 5.4 percent increase from this fiscal year. The city’s general fund pays for city personnel, equipment, and contractual services. The city is projecting $31.1 million in revenue for fiscal 2014, a 4.2 percent increase from this fiscal … Continue reading As We Head to the Final Vote on the Budget

Two Poodles Bring Zombie Housing Ordinance to Council

DeKalb’s Committee of the Whole agenda for Monday includes a zombie ordinance. Enclosed is an old draft of an ordinance prepared by Klein Thorpe, and Jenkins in which property maintenance items were at one time included in a former draft of the Chronic Nuisance ordinance. The Housing Task Force rejected the ordinance, and Council already … Continue reading Two Poodles Bring Zombie Housing Ordinance to Council