Better Communication Needed From City, Country Club Hills Residents say

Better Communication Needed From City, Country Club Hills Residents say
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Better Communication Needed From City, Country Club Hills Residents say (Country Club Hills, IL) — Monday’s Country Club Hills City Council meeting was business as usual, with the mayor and aldermen rolling through the agenda until the meeting was opened for public comments. 

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During public comments, Martina Martinez, who said she moved to Country Club Hills from the West Side of Chicago, was troubled by the seeming lack of urgency to police responding to a double shooting and killing on her block Oct. 5.

Martinez also said she was confused by messages she had received saying that Monday night’s meeting was a townhall meeting concerning the shootings, not a regular city council meeting. She added that she felt she was not kept well informed of news in the city and asked the council to do a better job of alerting residents about important meetings.

Other residents brought up the CUBE development on the West side of the city, and what they felt was a lack of opportunity for the public to voice its opinion before the developer broke ground.

Residents also said the developer had workers on the job as early as 7 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and that dust and dirt from the mounds of uncovered dirt was blowing through the development. They said air conditioners were clogging up from the dirt, and they had to keep their windows closed to keep the dirt, dust and other particles out of their homes. They asked about the air quality in the area because of the dirt in the air.

The talk about communication problems and the seeming lack of transparency by the city council and Mayor James Ford who led the mayor to address the residents who spoke during public comments. 

While he was speaking, a resident interrupted Ford, who then had police escort the woman out of the meeting.

Better Communication Needed From City, Country Club Hills Residents say

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