FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Pressing issues facing the city of Freeport were up for discussion tonight during a town hall meeting, letting residents give their input to aldermen for the first time in an open forum setting this year.
More than 70 residents turned out for the meeting at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. The idea for a public meeting came from alderman Andrew Crutchfield.
The agenda focused on four issues facing the city: Freeport's crime rates, poverty levels, a tax levy being discussed in city council and the future of the city hall building. Crutchfield says having these meetings will only help the community going forward.
"We can hear it, the alderman can hear you say this, and you say that. But we all needed to get together so people can understand why people feel the way they do. This is a way for people to come together and unify. So they know we're making decisions with their input”, says Crutchfield.
Crutchfield says he wants to hold two or three open forum meetings a year, to continue informing residents on the issues facing the city.