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Scary Topics: Underage Drinking, Parking Fees, Downtown Business District All on COW's Oct. 31 Agenda

The Geneva City Council's Committee of the Whole is talking policy of some frighteningly important issues Monday night.

As the British might say, it's a frightfully interesting evening of local government coming up on Halloween night at .

With the fifth Monday comes an opportunity to talk policy on important issues, and there are four biggies to be discussed, start at 7 p.m.

Former aldermanic candidate has suggested some for in Geneva, including a higher fine and mandatory community service. That's No. 1 on the agenda.

Council members also will talk openly about parking violation fees, always something of interest to the local business community as well as any of us who regularly park in Geneva—which is pretty much all of us over the age of 16.

Then there's a policy discussion on the business district, especially pertinent because of the as well as Jeff Ward's recent column predicting the as we know it.

Then there's expected to be a policy discussion about the . We can only hope that the policy might include holding the line on taxes, although it should always be noted that the city's tax rate is less than a tenth of the School District's.

So there you have it. Major policy discussions on All Hallows Eve.

Here's the agenda:

Monday, October 31, 2011
7:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
109 James Street
Geneva, IL 60134

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

1. Call to Order

2. Items of Business

a. Policy Discussion on Underage Drinking Regulations

b. Policy Discussion on Parking Violation Fees

c. Policy Discussion on Downtown Business District

d. Policy Discussion on 2012 Tax Levy

3. New Business

4. Upcoming Meetings: Committee of the Whole: Nov. 14, 2011.

5. Adjournment

Karen Phillips October 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Maybe Mayor Burns will encourage the city to lower taxes for the first time? With Karen McConnaughay and now Mayor Burns seeking new jobs taxpayers will be the winners? Should we forget about the past? Thanks to some good reporting we are seeing progress for the first time. Too bad lower taxes were not called for by these two even sooner..like years ago.
Mike Garrity October 31, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Oh, Karen, good to see you're still acting as Senator Doolittle's errand girl. And we all know you'll never forget abut the past...you know, when you tried to claim influence in the first McConnaughay administration, telling people you were "the gatekeeper." And I seriously hope you deny this, as there are plenty of people who can verify it. That, and your absolute obsession with McConnaughay. Give it a rest, or better yet, get some professional help.
Karen Phillips November 01, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Well Mike, could you be emulating the press professional on the other team that may have had some multi million dollar legal trouble for slander and libel in the past? With statements like the above you may be in court again. That is a outright lie. Just who will you use to defame me? That lie I heard years ago when Ms. McConnaughay (note I don't use derogatory names) tried to find an excuse for why I couldn't watch the backroom activities anymore. That is the excuse given when I called my former friend out on bringing Chicago connections into Kane County. As I said I am happy to pay for a polygraph administrator to interview me on everything I know. It's funny since no one will take me up on it. And Mike, maybe I will see you there once you decide to give up your phony name. Which liars will stick to the phony story? We will see. If you think you can intimidate any KANE county taxpayers (like me) think again. This is a tactic that the Chairman likes to use. I am obsessed with seeing the Chairman out of public service for documented reasons affecting our taxes. It is as simple as that. In the coming weeks I will look forward to informing Patch readers of what really is happening behind their collective backs. No amount of threats on your part will prevent it. And, of course, once again I don't work for Senator Lauzen. I'm simply tired of taxpayers getting the shaft.
Karen Phillips November 01, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Mike, be careful on the medication line. It may get you deleted once again. Perhaps you need to read the "tired and mad as heck" and aren't worried anymore about telling the truth blog?
Mike Garrity November 01, 2011 at 01:56 AM
OK, Karen...since you're the soul of righteousness...stop taking the county's money if you don't like the leadership. You're a contractor working for the county - which, given your attacks, means the county is paying you to work against their interests. Talk about the taxpayers getting the shaft! So do the right thing, Karen. Drop the lobbyist job with the county. Or do your ethics end at your pocketbook?
Karen Phillips November 01, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Thanks for putting the halo on me since it is Halloween! The 'soul of righteousness'? Thanks. The soul of conscienceness would be more accurate. Mike, let's talk lobbyists. The county used to pay $108,000 for a Hastert staffer lobbyist. They now pay Karen's political campaign manager's boyfreind about $60,000 plus expenses. He got the job as a "favor" to her as it was described to me directly by the Chairman when I told her that the appearance of pay to play was alarming. When the board asked for that position to be bid recently due to its high salary Karen McConnaughay broke the job up to depts. to avoid the county policy as a favor to a friend. James Mitchell removed this friend's position from the recent budget and the Chairman would not allow it. Maybe thats why she is angry with him? I love to talk about the lobbying at the county. It is an intriguing story and there is more to write should Patch allow me to tell it. I had the county job long before the Chairman was elected to her position. Why would I give in to the bullying tactics when many board members are trying to do the right thing? I do talk to board members. My ethics don't end with a payoff for silence or anything else. Mike, can you tell us all who you are or do you intend to stay behind your cowardly mask forever? Maybe it's appropriate for tonight since it is Halloween but maybe like the lion you will find your courage tomorrow. I don't hold out high hopes however.
Karen Phillips November 01, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Actually the Thompson federal lobbying firm was highly qualified (no problem with Hastert staffer) but was actually paid $128,000 plus expenses. Just wanted to be accurate.
Justin Eggar November 01, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Out of curiosity, do you have any #s for how many cities in the chicago-land have actually lowered taxes and what the results were in the following years? Don't get me wrong... the thought of lower taxes sounds great. I'm just not familiar with what the actual impact of that is in the years to follow.

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