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Wake up, Marengo residents

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I would like to commend Marengo Alderman Dennis Hammortree for watching out for the taxpayers of the city of Marengo.

It seems the current administration wants growth and will not stop until it bankrupts the residents of the city to obtain its goal.

I have attended many City Council meetings and rarely hear of any discussions or committee meetings regarding annexations or developments. Suddenly, they are put on the agenda and voted on. Sometimes in a matter of minutes, the boundaries and makeup of the city have changed with little or no discussion at the public meeting.

After reading the article in the Northwest Herald on May 23, I now understand why. Ward 3 Alderwoman Nicole DeBoer said, “Hammortree’s concerns don’t make sense since the council started talking about this project in closed session nearly three months ago.”

Is it legal to discuss a development in closed session? Perhaps that is why so many people showed up to the meeting and knew nothing about the development.

The residents of Marengo had better start waking up, or their tax dollars will be lining the pockets of the developers.

Karen Schnable

Marengo

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