Pensions in focus for Peoria City budget process

Nov 17, 2014

The City of Peoria needs to pay more money into its pension fund for firefighters next year.  That's the message from the city fire pension board:

Peoria council approves new cable service agreement

Nov 11, 2014

The Peoria City Council unanimously approved a cable franchise agreement with iTV-3. That means residents will be able to choose between that provider and Comcast starting next spring. 

No changes for Peoria video gaming regulations

Oct 29, 2014

   The Peoria City Council continues looking for ways to regulate video-gaming parlors. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports, the council adjourned without picking a final option:

The City of Peoria is looking for a development team to handle the city-owned parking lot next to the historic Madison Theater.  The move follows failed negotiations between the city and the Comfort family through NXG Developments. 

Illinois American Water and the City of Peoria have suspended talks to extend a five-year-purchase option to 20 years.  The previous franchise agreement proposal would have given the city more than a million dollars a year for a residential streets overlay program and another $1.4 million for work permit fees. The water company would have in turn passed on the cost to ratepayers with a three percent increase.  The City and the water company issued a joint statement that gave no explanation as to why the negotiations were halted. The statement does say the talks reached an impasse.

Peoria City officials officially welcomed its newest resident police officer on the South Side.  Officer Christopher White has been at 1916 West Kettelle Street with his family for about a month. He says the program is needed to help bring down the violent crime rate more efficiently:

Eddlemon picked for Assistant Peoria Police Chief

Sep 25, 2014

Peoria City Police Captain Mike Eddlemon is now the department’s Assistant Chief. Eddlemon served has as interim assistant chief since early July. He joined the department in 1992 and served positions including Criminal Investigations, Vice, and the Street Crimes Unit. Eddlemon’s new duties include leading the city’s anti-violence program known as Don’t Shoot.

A Peoria lawyer seeking state approval to grow and sell medical marijuana answered questions at a town hall meeting yesterday. Fadi Rustom is applying for both dispensary and cultivation permits in the city of Peoria with for his business, ‘Illinois Therapeutic Health Center’. He says the meeting was a chance to smooth out concerns about the monitoring and security of the medical cannabis:

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. 

East Peoria is working on ways to help residents who lost their homes during last year’s landslide. Residents affected by the 2013 floods and rainfall continue to ask the city council for long-term recovery help, not a ‘Band-Aid’.  East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says the city is working to meet the resident requests:

The East Peoria City Council approved an architectural service contract for a new city hall design.  The Council has debated for months whether to build a new city hall or renovate the current site.  Commissioner Dan Decker says the architecture service will help firm up cost estimates for a potential new building:

Peoria County could manage city election commission

Jun 16, 2014

  Peoria County could take over the financial management of the City Election Commission. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports that's one topic for tomorrow's Metro Peoria Committee:

Apartment blaze displaces Peoria residents

Mar 26, 2014

The City of Peoria plans to demolish an apartment complex following two fires earlier this week.  Crews responded to two reports of fire in the attic at 109 Northeast Roanoke on Monday and Tuesday.  Brad Pierson is an arson investigator for the Peoria Fire Department. He says the building was deemed an unsafe structure following the two fires:

The Peoria City/County Landfill is set to get a revenue boost with a proposed legal settlement.  The settlement follows two years of talks between the City, County and landfill operator, Waste Management. The proposed deal would require the company to pay $130,000 more in annual fees to deposit trash in the landfill. Landfill committee member and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain says the settlement can help tackle revenue challenges, including less trash being deposited in landfill:

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After more than two years of talks, the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee has approved a tentative legal settlement with Waste Management.  The company operates Landfill #2 in Peoria County.  The proposed agreement would require Waste Management to pay more in fees for every ton deposited at the landfill to help cover costs.  That rate is going up 65-cents per ton.  The Peoria County Board and City Council also must approve the agreement for it to take effect.  The settlement with Waste Management also would include a landfill road compliance and maintenance plan. 

Biden touts federal stimulus during stop in Granite City

Feb 19, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden was in Granite City Wednesday. He spoke about how the federal stimulus act helped stem the tide of a deep economic recession.

City County Health Department looking at service shift

Feb 17, 2014

The Peoria City/County Health Department will likely change the way it delivers services as a result of new health trends.  Administrator Greg Chance says the department used to provide a large amount of immunizations and pre-natal care:

East Peoria considers future of City Hall building

Feb 4, 2014

 The East Peoria City Council got an update on the latest numbers to build a new city hall or renovate the current site. New estimates say it would cost half-a-million-dollars to spruce up the aging building where it stands, while building a new hall in the Levee district is one-point-seven million. East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says the city needs to take action soon, regardless of the final choice:

Peoria City, County detail legislative priorities

Jan 16, 2014

Peoria County wants area lawmakers to help transition to a consolidated election commission.  The county is asking for oversight over the city election commission’s annual budget before seeking to ask voters if they want a combined commission. Currently the city election commission receives an annual budget allocation from the county based on a funding formula. State Senator Darin LaHood says he’s not confident that Springfield will approve a bill to give the county more financial control:

The City of Peoria is extending yard waste collection for residents. Officials say it took leaves longer to fall this year and combine with the Thanksgiving holiday it made for poor timing on yard waste pick-up. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says PDC is extending yard waste pick up starting next week through December 13th:

Washington residents who do not live near heavily-damaged areas can now make efforts to return to the city.  The town of about 15,000 was heavily damaged following Sunday’s tornados and storms.  Washington Police Chief Don Volk says the nighttime curfew will stay in place for the city:

Peoria Council OKs annexation agreement

Nov 12, 2013

The Peoria City Council approved an annexation agreement for 18-acres north of the city.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: