Janesville holds State of the City address

Janesville holds State of the City address

Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag is scheduled to hold the city’s fourth annual State of the City address Thursday.

Assistant to the City Manager Maggie Darr said these updates are important to hold, so the community stays updated.

“Throughout the year, Janesville residents get to see project by project what’s going on in the community, but this is really the one time per year where we really bring it all together in a comprehensive way,” Darr said. “[We] talk about what’s happened in the last year, what we have planned for the next year and really give them the state of the city as of right now.”

Darr said Freitag will highlight the sale of the former General Motors Janesville Assembly Plant. The facility shut down nearly a decade ago, and the sale was finalized at the end of 2017.

“We have some big things that have been in limbo for a long time that are finally moving forward, and the economic indicators here in our local community really indicate that it’s a good time to be in Janesville,” Darr said. “We have a lot of positive things going on.”

She said the city manager would also address the plans in this next year for the removal of the Monterey Dam and the river restoration project.

An open house was scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at City Hall with the speech starting at 6 p.m.

Darr said the state of the city address will be streamed on the city’s website and Janesville Access Television. She said the speech would be posted on the city’s website after it’s over.