The Peoria Police Department is submitting a federal grant application for 10 new police officers. The Peoria City Council unanimously approved the application. But the city would have to pay 25% of the entry-level officers’ salaries and benefits in the first three years, and would be obligated to pay all expenses for the fourth year, while maintaining its staff number for the life of the grant.
Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the police and fire departments already have two grants expiring in 2014.
URICH: “That, in essences opens up a hole in the budget of $2.6 million that we’re going to have to figure out how to shore-up.”
Urich says the city would need to pay another half a million dollars next year for the 10 new grant funded officers. The grants are announced in October about the same time the city manager is planning to have the 2014 budget approved. The police department can reduce the officer funding request if its awarded a grant.
The Peoria City Council also approved engineering services for the Alta and Allen Roads culvert replacement. The City Manager says the goals is to expedite that $1.4 million road repair and replacement as soon as possible.