Washington http://peoriapublicradio.org en Disaster recovery center opens in Washington http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/disaster-recovery-center-opens-washington <div>The Tri-County Long-Term Recovery Center opened in Washington today. &nbsp;The goal of the facility in Sunnyland Plaza is to help residents affected by the November 17th tornado with financial and emotional support. &nbsp;Jim Fassino chairs the non-profit recovery center. He says the center includes access to a central database for resident needs:</div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26680 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Disaster recovery center opens in Washington Eight months post-tornado: rebuilding continues http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/eight-months-post-tornado-rebuilding-continues <div>The City of Washington has issued more than 700 building permits to residents as they recover from last year’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the permits are for partial and completely destroyed homes:<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city issued 360 permits for total rebuilds and 340 for repairs. That covers about 60-percent of the homes damaged or destroyed following the </span>EF-4<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tornado that tore through the area November </span>17th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Washington City Administrator Tim Gleason says many of the remaining 400 homeowners with damaged properties are still waiting:</span></p></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26651 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Eight months post-tornado: rebuilding continues Washington council OKs new fire board appointee http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-council-oks-new-fire-board-appointee <div>The City of Washington wants to double its representation on the area fire board. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the move comes following public criticism of board operations:</div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:32:19 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26460 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington council OKs new fire board appointee Transparency questions surround Washington fire board http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/transparency-questions-surround-washington-fire-board <div>The Washington Fire Board needs to consider allowing more public participation at its meetings. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to Washington Mayor Gary Manier:&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:04:12 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26280 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Transparency questions surround Washington fire board Washington residents voice support for fire chief http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-residents-voice-support-fire-chief <div>The Washington City Council heard from dozens of residents in support of keeping Fire Chief Mike Vaughn at his post. An independent board voted NOT to renew Vaughn's contract and let it expire this month. Residents say the independent fire board lacks oversight. Some urged the city to dissolve the board and instead take over fire department operations. &nbsp;But Washington Mayor Gary Manier says that isn't currently an option:</div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:29:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26073 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington residents voice support for fire chief Gov. announces disaster relief for tornado-stricken communities http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-announces-disaster-relief-tornado-stricken-communities <div>$11.6 million of state relief is being made available to help the communities hit by the November 2013 tornadoes.</div><div> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:43:05 +0000 Denise Molina 26048 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. announces disaster relief for tornado-stricken communities Washington schools honors city for tornado recovery efforts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-schools-honors-city-tornado-recovery-efforts <div>Washington School District 51 recognized city officials for their recovery efforts following the November 17th tornado. The district recognized Washington’s mayor, city administrator, police and fire chief for helping re-open the schools following the devastating storms. &nbsp;District Superintendent Chad Allaman says the officials helped quickly re-open the primary and middle schools:</div><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:11:32 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24444 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington schools honors city for tornado recovery efforts Washington business owners impacted by roadwork project http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-business-owners-impacted-roadwork-project <div>Area business owners in Washington want residents to use traffic detours as part of Business Route 24 remains closed. &nbsp;They say the repair of pavement damage at a railroad viaduct has turned people away from eating and shopping in the area. &nbsp;Jim Linsley owns Lindy’s downtown Market near the city square. He says his customer count was down 320 people last week:</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:06:06 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24176 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington business owners impacted by roadwork project For some, closure after demolition of tornado-damaged apartment complex http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-closure-after-demolition-tornado-damaged-apartment-complex <div>Demolition crews are tearing down the Georgetown Common Apartments in Washington, Illinois. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the apartment complex is one of the focal points in the recovery from November tornado:</div><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:29:46 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23625 at http://peoriapublicradio.org For some, closure after demolition of tornado-damaged apartment complex Washington issues 600 permits for tornado recovery efforts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-issues-600-permits-tornado-recovery-efforts <div>Washington has issued more than 600 permits to help residents rebuild following last year’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 05:36:53 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23385 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington issues 600 permits for tornado recovery efforts