Tazewell County cities, county holding emergency meetings for tornado recovery

Dec 12, 2013

Washington Mayor Gary Manier takes a call in the Tractor Supply parking lot where he's just completed another press briefing Friday, November 29.
Credit Tanya Koonce/Peoria Public Radio
Several municipalities in Tazewell County are holding special meetings Friday to vote on expanding the scope of tornado recovery efforts.  The East Peoria, Washington and Pekin City Councils will separately vote on local disaster declarations.  Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the measure will allow public health and public works personnel to more quickly respond to recovery issues as they arise:

 “It just makes it a little easier instead of waiting for authority to do things, they can go ahead and make a decision and protect our residents,” Manier says.  

 Manier says that means crews could respond to debris removal, asbestos issues or health issues immediately instead of first getting approval from other public bodies.   The Tazewell County Board also meets Friday to vote on the measure.  Communities affected by the November 17th tornado will submit requests for federal reimbursements next Tuesday.  There is some concern that communities may not meet the statewide bar of 17-million-dollars to qualify for public reimbursement.  Manier says crews have removed about 40-percent of debris from city streets since the disaster