City Council Approves 2018 Budget, Increases Fees

Dec 6, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The City of Peoria has a budget for next year, but the vote was not unanimous.

Council Looks at Costs of Combined Sewer Overflow

Nov 29, 2017
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The topic of addressing the city's combined sewage overflow problems returned to City Council discussions Tues. 

City management is hoping negotiations with the US Environmental Protection Agency conclude soon, so the city can resolve the CSO.

Regardless of the solution, the cost is expected to be about $200 million.

The city also has a backlog of about $50 million in other stormwater projects.

To cover the overall cost, City Manager Patrick Urich says Peoria will likely issue bonds, to be repaid from two sources.

City Looks to Add Stormwater Utility in 2018

Oct 12, 2017

Peoria residents may be paying a new storm water utility fee next year.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A pilot project has kept over 600,000 gallons of rainwater out of Peoria's sewer system.

Inaugural CityFest to Enliven Warehouse District

Oct 21, 2016
City of Peoria

After much work, comes a day of play for the City of Peoria. 

The city is putting on a block party in the Warehouse District Sat., called CityFest. The free event will provide entertainment along with an educational component. It’s being held on Adams St., the block between Pecan and Persimmon St., where the city recently completed green infrastructure upgrades, in response to the combined sewer overflow issue. 

The inaugural event will feature live music, craft beer and food trucks. City Fest is free and open to the public. 

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City Names New Director of Public Works Department

Aug 25, 2016
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The City of Peoria is promoting from within to fill the office of public works director.

On Thurs., the Peoria City Administrator announced Scott Reeise will fill the vacant position.

Reeise, a Morton native, was named assistant director of public works in 2015 and is also the city engineer. The Bradley University alum started his career with the City of Peoria as a Civil Engineer in 2004.

Reeise’s public works director appointment is effective August 27th.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Public Schools’ leadership is “frustrated” by the prospect of paying for the City’s combined sewer overflow problems.

That was the sentiment expressed by several board members Monday in response to a CSO presentation by the City Engineer.

Under the proposed plan, the school district would have to pay an estimated $25,000 a month. 

Board Vice President Rick Cloyd implored the city to consider support in the form of TIF funds, credits or a tax pass-through.

The City of Peoria is forming a new group to explore ways to reduce storm-water runoff.  It's called the OneWater Committee:

Planning for Peoria's costly CSO fix

Dec 29, 2014

The US EPA is expected to require the City of Peoria to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in sewer improvements. But officials say it’s unclear exactly when the figure will be known.