DeKalb City Council vote this Saturday

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By Heather Russell
Staff Reporter

One spot is up for grabs on the De Kalb City Council, and voters have two candidates to choose from when they go to the polls on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
    Bobbie McGee and John Loe vie for Place Five.  While both candidates express a desire to make De Kalb a better place to live, they have very different viewpoints as to how they will go about that if elected.
Bobbie McGee says she wants to see new businesses make their homes in De Kalb.  
“I have kids,” says McGee.  “I want them to be able to live here and have stability.  I want to bring businesses in.  De Kalb needs a motel so that visitors don’t have to go to New Boston or Texarkana to stay the night.  We should use empty buildings in town for community activities for kids.  I just want to make the city and community better.”
McGee, a newcomer to local politics, is not new to DeKalb.
Former local teacher James Germany told the Tribune that he thinks McGee will do a great job if elected.
John Loe, who was once on the city council and resigned, says he believes his experience running a business and his previous service on the city council gives him the experience needed to be an effective councilman.             Loe says he was motivated to run when a friend recently made plans to move back home to De Kalb, but changed his mind because of the poor conditions of De Kalb city streets.  
“That is one reason we can’t grow,” Loe stated.  “I want to try to repair these streets and I believe there are funds there to at least get started.  I just want to help DeKalb.”
Loe recently distributed a flyer around town calling the city budget and expenses into question, although a review of the numbers at City Hall show Lowe’s figures to be inaccurate or misleading.
Loe’s letter makes reference to a rise in administration costs and a lack of any budget funds for street repairs.
As reported in the Tribune on April 19, the city is currently underway on a project that will see four miles of city streets repaired. The funding for that project is currently being researched and is expected to begin soon.
A review of the city’s financials also shows that the administrative costs went up after a $45,000 a year public works director position was erased, with the cost of those duties being absorbed into administrative costs at a considerable savings.
The city council race will be decided on May 6, 2017.  Residents may cast their votes at De Kalb City Hall from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.


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