Government
5:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Peoria City Council approves school cops, medical marijuana guidelines

Five Peoria Police officers are going back to high school. The intergovernmental agreement between the City of Peoria and Peoria School District 150 received unanimous support from both governing bodies. The five officers have to have juvenile certification to take the assignment. The four year agreement will be reduced to one year if the city does not receive a Department of Justice COPS grant. The grant application period opens this fall and is to be decided by the end of the year. 

The Peoria Police officers will work with the districts school resource officers. They were decommissioned by the state last year. The intergovernmental agreement for police services in the city's largest public school district places the community with the majority of other urban public education systems.

 The Peoria City Council also overwhelmingly approved creating zoning guidelines for medical marijuana cultivation centers. If the city elected not to implement zoning guidelines state law on the matter would dictate. 

But several council members expressed some concern for the idea. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says he supports medical marijuana, “And that’s from personal knowledge I have of children and some adults that needed it and were driving out of state to get it. And the doctors I talked to are extremely supportive on a medical basis and obviously what I don’t want to see and what we probably will see is the introduction of the recreational use.”

The city’s zoning guidelines would place any medical marijuana cultivation center in one of the more industrial part of Peoria. The five county boundaries recognized by the state law limits the number of cannabis cultivation centers. That means there can be one marijuana cultivation center allowed in  Stark, Marshall, Tazewell, Woodford and Peoria Counties during the two year trial period the state law provides.  Additional city business:  

The McClure Avenue branch of the Peoria Public Library is receiving a local historic landmark designation. 

 The August 26th Peoria City Council meeting is scheduled to include policy sessions on video gaming parlors and sales tax special service areas in shopping centers.