Public Meetings

Motor Fuel Tax overlay projects bring discussion in Belvidere

By Bob Balgemann Reporter City council has approved some overlay projects for various streets around town, using motor fuel tax (MFT) funds. But the 8-0 vote, with two absent, drew comments at both the Feb. 12 committee of the whole meeting and, subsequently, at the Feb. 19 city council meeting. […]

 
 

Public works budget has money for plan to alleviate flooding in city

By Bob Balgemann Reporter It took the city’s Public Works Director, Brent Anderson, about one hour to go through his department’s proposed 2018-19 budget. That’s because the new spending plan is multifaceted and in the new year will have some projects that need to be accomplished in an effort to […]

 
 

Legislators address shrinking population, need to grow economy

By Bob Balgemann Reporter With the 2018 state legislative session having begun Jan. 31, Boone County’s two members of the General Assembly have offered their hopes for a positive, productive four months. State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, said a new approach is needed in a new year to address new […]

 
 

Serious crime sees decrease in Belvidere over the past year

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The federal Uniform Crime Reports are divided into two parts. The most serious offenses are Part I crimes, the less serious are listed under Part II. When it came to the city of Belvidere in 2017, most of the Part I offenses decreased in number. Deputy […]

 
 

County explores ad-hoc hiring committee for some appointed jobs

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Creation of an ad-hoc committee to deal with filling specialized, appointed positions within Boone County government was brought up at the January County Board meeting. After discussion failed to reach a consensus, the matter was referred to the board’s annual planning retreat, held Feb. 3, for […]

 
 

2017 a year of accomplishment, heroism, change for city police

  By Bob Balgemann Reporter A lot happened around the Belvidere Police Department in the just concluded 2017 calendar year. There were retirements, promotions, and new hires that brought the department back to its authorized personnel strength, and some accomplishments, to name a few. Details of all that activity was […]

 
 

Rates set for students in District 100

By Chris Johnson reporter The USDA requires certain foods be provided to the students within the State-controlled education system. Those items have to be in balance, with calories and other criteria considered. A lot of restrictions are involved in the actual design of the final tray. Some say, at times, […]

 
 

Belvidere moving ahead with street resurfacing program for 2018

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Twelve streets around the city have made the list of those that will be resurfaced later this year. Aldermen saw the candidates during their Committee of the Whole meeting Jan. 8. Public Works Director Brent Anderson said the current budget has $500,000 in it for this […]

 
 

Poplar Grove official seeks countywide support to address hunger

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The new president of the Belvidere-Boone County Food Pantry board is going to municipalities around the county this month, asking for support of a united effort to reduce hunger, especially among children. His first stop was at the Jan. 2 Belvidere City Council meeting. Locally, one […]

 
 

Roscoe Township gets mixed results from well water testing

By Jean Seegers REPORTER Ty Miller, Project Manager at MCM Environmental Services in Rockton has been testing the wells at Robert Cross Park on Hononegah Road at the request of the Roscoe Township Board. Currently the water at the park is used to irrigate the grass and ball fields. However, […]