Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Meet with Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski to discuss any issues or suggestions for Yorkville over a game of baseball.
Is there an issue you want to address in Yorkville? Do you have an idea you'd like to share? Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski will be hosting Baseball with the Mayor for residents to drop by and express their thoughts in a casual enviornment. "It combines two of the things I enjoy doing most: discussing issues with people and watching youth baseball," said Golinski, whose son plays on a baseball team. Golinski said while some mayors choose to have 'coffee with the mayor,' he is a bit more creative as balances his family and job with serving the community. If you want to talk to Golinski, he will be Raintree Village Park B baseball field, 872 Prairie Crossing Drive, weather permitting on these days:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In December the Bristol Kendall Firemen's Association announced it was dissolving and would not be able to continue to sponsor the annual event.
Get those rockets and sparklers ready, there is still life in the Yorkville annual Independence Day celebration. With the disbanding of the Fireman’s Association late last year, the future of the Yorkville July 4 celebration was left up in the air. However, a number of area organizations have come together to ensure the continued holiday event, Mayor Gary Golinski announced last week. The association held two meetings in January to discuss passing the Independence Day sparklers on to the next hosts. Golinski, who attended both meetings, said several community groups want to form a 501(c)3 organization to sponsor the annual event, complete with its own insurance policies. However, he said there is not enough time for the necessary work to …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
City leaders are accepting proposals from people who want to buy the building at 111 W. Madison St. until 4 p.m. Oct. 23.
Yorkville city leaders didn't receive any offers for the old post office building, but now they are seeking offers for the old jail. Aldermen decided Tuesday to accept bids for the former jail at 111 W. Madison St., which a group of residents have been raising money to restore into a museum for about two years. City leaders will accept bids until 4 p.m. Oct. 23 and will open the bids at the City Council meeting that starts at 7 p.m. that day. "I think it’s going to get restored quicker in the private sector than we’re ever going to get it," Ward 2 Alderman Larry Kot said. "If somebody out there wants it and fix it up, I’m all for it." The process will just affect the building, which hasn't been used as a jail since 1992. The city will …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Mayor Gary Golinski is exploring hiring a local marketing firm.
Mayor Gary Golinski is meeting with a marketing firm this week after aldermen seemed disinclined to renew the city's agreement with the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The city received $51,029 in revenue last year from a 3 percent hotel tax. The city funnels 90 percent of the hotel tax revenue to the bureau under its current agreement, so last year the city paid about $45,000. Golinski is curious if the city can spend less than that on brochures and television and magazine advertising so the remaining money can be spent on elsewhere. The money must be spent promoting Yorkville and tourism in Yorkville, but the possibilities are rather broad, Golinski said. Yorkville aldermen weren't too keen on extending the city's contract …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The city still plans to build a parking lot at 111 W. Madison St., just north of the Kendall County Historic Courthouse.
City leaders have considered several spots to add downtown parking but decided to stick with the old jail site on Madison Street, Mayor Gary Golinski said. The city bought the building, which hasn't been used as a jail since 1992, with state grant money in 2010. The Department of Transportation gave $96,000 to replace public parking that will be removed along Route 47 as the downtown corridor is rebuilt, while the Illinois Bureau of Tourism chipped in $64,000. Since then, volunteers have provided some rennovations to the old jail and twice hosted haunted houses there as fundraisers for future improvements. The plan to build a parking lot and museum there formed before Golinski became mayor, and city leaders more recently had been exploring…
Friday, August 10, 2012
In light of a grassroots referendum initiative, Yorkville's mayor said the city plans to reduce its levy by 3-5 percent for the next 3 or 4 years.
Mayor Gary Golinski believes the 20 percent levy reduction Kendall County Tax Revolt is asking of all taxing bodies through a non-binding referendum might be a bit much for Yorkville. Smaller reductions in the levy, which is the amount of property tax money a taxing body requests, are more manageable, Golinski said. He applauded the efforts of Kendall County Tax Revolt, a grassroots effort that has been encouraging lower property taxes and educating property owners about tax assessments. On Monday, local activists Mark Johnson, Judie Burks, Jan Alexander and Greg O’Neil submitted a petition to ask voters in November if every levy of every governing body in Kendall County should be reduced by 20 percent. The results won't require anything …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Ward 1 Alderman George Gilson Jr. served most of his first four-year tern before announcing his resignation Tuesday.
Mayor Gary Golinski is accepting applications for a Ward 1 alderman after George Gilson Jr. announced his resignation Tuesday in light of a job promotion that involves moving to Iowa. Gilson, whose first term expires in April, said he enjoyed the public service and maintained his principles. He frequently discouraged his colleagues against spending outside basic necessities – such as road improvements – and sometimes cast the lone vote against measures. “If I could retake any or all votes I have cast within the time I have served, I would not change even one of them,” Gilson said. “The people of Yorkville are great and I love this community, although I am deeply concerned with the path in which we are headed.” He used some of the final …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Some Yorkville aldermen have signed paperwork indicating they work at least 30 hours a week and are eligible for health insurance. Are their offices really full-time jobs?
Did you see the article in last week's Kendall County Record that stated the five aldermen who receive city health insurance certified they work at least 30 hours a week as part of an insurance eligibility audit by Blue Cross Blue Shield? If you missed it, you can read it here. You may have noticed that Alderman Chris Funkhouser (Ward 3) was the only covered officeholder who responded to the Record's request for an interview. Also covered are Aldermen Carlo Colosimo (Ward 1), George Gilson Jr. (Ward 1), Marty Munns (Ward 3) and Rose Spears (Ward 4), according to the article by Record reporter Tony Scott. Alderman Larry Kot (Ward 2) previously accepted the city's medical benefits but declined the coverage starting July 1. Funkhouser told …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Alderman Carlo Colosimo was appointed mayor pro-tem Tuesday.
If Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski ever is unable to lead a meeting, Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo will slide into his chair. Colosimo was appointed mayor pro-tem Tuesday night. The current mayor pro-tem, Ward 4 Alderman Rose Spears, nominated him for the position, with a second from Ward 2 Alderman Jackie Milschewski. He was the only person his fellow aldermen nominated. City ordinance requires the aldermen to nominate and vote on the annual appointment at the first City Council meeting in May. Aldermen also approved several appointments suggested by Golinski: The only newcomer was Lane, a Heartland subdivision resident and retired school principal.
Monday, May 7, 2012
City leaders met to discuss the construction project last week.
Last May, the River Road bridge was closed down after a growing gap was spotted in the west abutment. Now, a year later, the bridge that goes over Blackberry Creek will undergo construction to make it once more available to motorists later in the year. “A preconstruction meeting was held this week. I am pleased with the project's progress and the tentative construction schedule,” said Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski. City Administrator Bart Olson said the project will begin at the end of May with utility work, erosion control and other minor measures. “The demolition of the bridge will take place in mid-June,” Olson said, with the actual reconstruction beginning at the end of July. And as for the dam that shares the bridge's deteriorating …