Amidst routine approval of spending Open Impact fees on local projects ($40,000 for planning a River Park near Pilsen and $1.7 million to turn a plaza into a turf field at Wells Community High School), Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) took the opportunity to question the Department of Planning and Development’s Meg Gustavsen on the appropriate use of developer fees. It was one way to tell the administration and fellow aldermen: hands off the fees from the North Branch PMD.

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