The city of Galesburg gave a total of $92, 858 to be split by 16 local not for profit organizations. The money comes from the city's economic development fund. The city chose the groups based off of their ability to boost tourism within Galesburg.
Federal regulators suggested the city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also urged the city to pay for testing of lead for all water customers who request it.
The current city budget for Galesburg went into effect just a couple months ago, yet aldermen are already starting the process of creating the next spending plan. And they have already encountered a difficult issue.
Galesburg residents will soon be able to take cases against them straight to the city. Aldermen this week approved creation of an administrative adjudication system for appeals of ordinance violations.
A plan to register and license businesses in Galesburg didn't receive support from aldermen. They unanimously voted down a proposal that would have amended the city's municipal code to add a general business license.
Galesburg's city manager believes a business registration program could help the city and local businesses. Aldermen will be asked as early as next month to amend the municipal code to create the program.
The city of Galesburg will try something new in crafting a budget for 2016. City Manager Todd Thompson said a priority based budget will be used for the first time. He said it will help the city identify where its resources should be focused.