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Good Afternoon Pekin Below please find the update from the past two weeks.  Staff has been busy to say the least.  Some ...

Good Afternoon Pekin

Below please find the update from the past two weeks. Staff has been busy to say the least. Some of the highlights are the airport painting is done. If one has not been to the airport recently I highly suggest you swing by there and take a look. It really has made a difference. Fire Station 2 was dedicated officially on Friday October 20th to the memory of Jamie Lusher. If you were not in attendance it was a very moving event. Thank you to those who took the time to recognize a hero and his family. A special shout out to Heather Robertson for her special way of saying things and making us all feel a little more important and to Representative Travis Weaver for recognizing the importance of this event and taking time out of his busy day to support the Pekin Fire Department and public safety.

I hate to say this, but winter is coming. Staff is starting to transition to winter mode and preparing buildings and vehicles to tend to the salting and plowing. While we are on that topic, now would be the time to have that plan for the big weather snow events that will have impact on parking as it applies to snow routes or all city snow bans. Start thinking about where you will park when these bans take effect. The past two years as a community we have really worked well with developing those plans, so when the event happens we are not ticketing and towing as much. This helps our plow drivers get the streets cleared faster and safer.

So, that all being said below is a "summary" of what everyone has been up to the past couple of weeks. This is just a snap shot, there is much more being accomplished.

This is going to be a little weird as I have always signed off as "Chief". Today I will just sign off with my initials LOL.

Have a good weekend Pekin!



• City Manager and finance are meeting with department heads to go over budget for the next fiscal years. Meetings with Public Works and Engineering, Human Resources, Police, Bus, CDBG, Airport have taken place thus far.

• City manager attended tourism round table regarding website and marketing of the City of Pekin.

• Meeting with staff regarding development of policy pertaining to civil rights.

• Meeting with staff to discuss potential business opportunity in Riverway business park.

• Attended ETSB meeting.

• Attended station dedication at Fire Station 2

• Meeting with Apptegy to look at potential website update and implementation of phone app.

• Preparation for contract mediation.

• Agenda meeting per policy on 10/24 – attended and prepared outline for next agenda.

• Attended mediation for contract.

• Attended annual Chamber luncheon with staff.

• Reminder that the Health Fair is October 31, 2023.


Fire Department:

• Final touches being put on the new Engine 3. Training from the manufacturer has been scheduled for the crews.

• Ladder 3 is finally back in service after months of ongoing issues. The final hurdle to getting it back in service was to have the ladder inspected after the work performed. Ladder 3 has been out of service since the first week in June.

• Working on budget (and 10-year capital budget) for first review with City Manager Dossey next week. Heavy attention is being placed on planning for apparatus replacement plan.

• Application period closed for FD. 25 completed applications turned in.

• Station dedication Friday, October 20th.

• Crews performing PALS (pediatric advanced life support) training this week. This is a recertification class that must be performed every 2 years for EMS licensure compliance.

• Continue to work on FD FY 25 budget

• CPR training at PCHS athletics department

• PCHS career fair on 10/24/23

• Community CPR class- these continue to be a success with a large participation from the community

• Crews are performing annual private hydrant testing. This is scheduled with the businesses that have private fire hydrants on their property. The private faculties will perform the test while fire crews are present to witness the hydrants being opened and flowing water.

Police Department:

• The police department participated in the First Baptist Church’s Family Fall Festival by providing a squad car for kids to experience the interior of a squad car and ask officers questions. The PD also provided a squad to follow the hayrack rides that took place on several public streets to ensure the safety of all participants.

• The social worker had numerous positive interactions with individuals experiencing homelessness this week and continues to work on housing for multiple individuals. She also had very productive meetings with the Pekin Housing Authority Director about housing options in Pekin and a meeting with a representative from Gateway to streamline our Safe Passage Program.

• Police department representatives gave a station tour to the Tri-County Homeschool Co-Op Group of about 25 home-schooled children of all age groups. The students were able to tour the station, EOC, and go hands on in a squad car.

• Staff spent significant time this week preparing for the first round of budget meetings with the City Manager and Finance Director.

• The police department participated in the Pekin High School Job Fair and made contact with over 100 students who expressed interest in law enforcement. The students had a lot of questions and interacted well with the officers during the event.

• Patrol officers assisted in escorting an 18-year-old female battling cancer for the second time from her residence out of town as she left for St. Jude Hospital to receive treatment.

• The police department social worker had very productive meetings this week with the Pekin United Way, Salvation Army, Pekin Housing Authority, and the Peoria Rescue Ministries. These meetings continue to help foster better relationships with our community partners to assist those facing homelessness.

• In September, officers transported an adult female to a treatment facility for drug addiction through our Safe Passage program. This week the female contacted our department to report that she is in a sober house and has been clean of drugs for the past month and expressed extreme appreciation for saving her life by helping her receive treatment.



• The regularly scheduled ZBA meeting will be held on November 8th at 5pm, there will be two cases at this meeting.

• Staff is preparing the ZBA agenda and packet

• Maintaining operations: reviewing site plans and permits, assigning addresses, responding to inquiries

Building Inspections:

• Maintaining inspection operations as normal

• Continuing to work with code enforcement to address properties of concern.

• Continuing to conduct Business and Multi-family unit inspections in cooperation with the Fire Dept.

• Staff is working on plan reviews for numerous permits and projects

• Continuing to work with IDPH and Illinois American Water to ensure Backflow devices are properly installed and tested

• Staff has been working with the Engineering Dept to address some recently discovered sanitary sewer issues.

• Continuing to work with the CDBG director to finish up an existing residential rehab project

• Staff attended numerous in person and virtual meetings this week

• Staff met with the Township supervisor and we are currently reviewing the Township action plan for repairs

• Staff is working with Multiple Developers looking to Build within the City of Pekin

• Staff is working with IDNR on flood plain permitting

• Staff is preparing for Adjudication hearings

Economic Development:

• Staff is working to bring residential TIF agreements to Council for all of the TIF Inducements that council previously passed

• Staff is working on residential TIF agreements for the Lake Whitehurst subdivision

• Staff has been working on numerous agreements



• Court Street from Valle Vista to Stadium: Ameren and Comcast are still in the process of moving their utilities. They are removing traffic control when they are able to keep more lanes open. Stark Excavating, who is the subcontractor for R.A. Cullinan, is planning to begin installing water main in the next couple of weeks. The water main portion of the project is only from Audubon to Cottage Grove, but it will be complex with the busy Parkway intersection. Traffic control will change when the water main portion of the project starts, and traffic will be shifted to the outside lanes. Message boards will be out to let people know of the upcoming shift.

• Derby St.: Otto Baum is almost complete will all of the main line pavement on the north half of the road. They are still working on side roads, driveways, and sidewalks. With the forecast, it not likely that they will be able to start any work on the south half of the road until Spring. The gap between the new and old pavement is planned to be temporarily

• Downtown Rehab: Staff plans to bid this project over the winter. The project will still begin this fiscal year, but will not be scheduled to be completed until next winter.

• Riverfront Demo Project (for CSO Project): Contractor should begin within the next month.

• Tharp Ave. Erosion Project: Project has begun. The debris in the creek has been removed, and the contractor will begin the pipe work next week.

Solid Waste:

• New side loader garbage trucks hit the streets week of October 16th. Very good route reviews at start up.

• Clean up Pekin day is on point for Saturday, October 21st.

Public Works:

• Airport painting is complete. If you can get time I highly advise you go take a look.

• Airport T-hanger building is being delivered on Friday.

• Snow plow trucks are being prep for the season.

• Running threw all the snow routes and trimming back tree limbs threw town.

• We have both new side load garbage trucks running routes with great success.


Shop Weekly Report:

Solid Waste:

• Made repairs to SW trucks. SW began to train on the side loader trucks. Made multiple repairs to RC2. Replaced brake pads.

• Completed tickets for repairs on buses. Completed bus inspections as time allowed.


• Replaced power steering pump and made repairs on the street department vehicles. Inspected generators in Hickory Hills and Crescent Drive.


• Tire repairs, LOF on multiple vehicles


• Repairs made to Ladder 1. Worked on trucks as needed.
Street Department

• Street sweeping, trimming trees, spray patched. Began dressing trucks for winter. Worked on signs and repaired catch basins. Used camera in sewer on Maple Street.

Solid Waste:

• Normal operations. Training on new automated truck(s) and it is being used on route. Fall cleanup has been completed.


• Winterized water tank
• Finished with new flags for Court St.
• Moved monitor and sound bar for Seth’s office
• Fabricated sound bar bracket
• Changed filters at City Hall
• Replaced guardrail wood at Oakwood Lift Station
• Cleaned up City Hall basement
• Pulled weeds (landscape beds and spray) City Hall
• Equipment Maintenance
• Finished Oakwood Guardrail
• Cat S wire ran for squad room
• Trim bushes (landscape islands)
Trimmed back brush on Parkway

• We repaired 3 inch non potable water line for grit system that had a crack and was leaking.

• We started using dump truck for running press and dumping fresh material on pad. We then take the older dry material to landfill.

• We drained down grit hopper and cleaned inside out. We found plugged with large rock and swifter sheets that were keeping grit from getting to auger.

• We unplugged grit line between pump and hopper it was full of cinders.

• We cleaned headworks once grit work was done.

• We cleaned brown water filters and screens.

• We continued normal operations of testing samples and
running equipment to process sludge so we have room for future loading.

• We met with Oxboard and discussed handling higher flows than normal. We are metered so it is all counted and recorded so it is billed properly.

• We asked since flows will be tripled at some times that a sample be taken and tested so it can be treated properly and not overload the plant. Samples will be taken daily during high flow periods.

• We no longer have a garbage contractor so all their equipment is being removed and we are taking all garbage to dump with trips for sludge.


Open Positions:

• Finance Director – Accepting applications & in the process of scheduling screenings/interviews

• Human Resources Director- Accepting applications & in the process of scheduling screenings/interviews

• Economic Development Director – Accepting applications & in the process of scheduling screenings/interviews

• Payroll Coordinator – Reposted & accepting applications

• Permit Technician – Wrapping up the screenings/interviews

• Bus Drivers & Monitors – accepting applications year round

• Accounts Payable Clerk – Posted & accepting applications

• Code Enforcement Officer – Posted & accepting applications

Filled Positions:

• HR Coordinator
• Accountant onboarded 10/16


• 2023 Annual Health Screening will be held on Tuesday October 31st at the Moose Lodge – Notices were sent out to all employees, council members and retirees.
( EHS Customer Portal ( )

• Working with the Unland & IPBC team to prepare for upcoming Open Enrollment – communication will be sent out soon with details

• Preparing for the Chili Cook off, Friday 10/27


Resources and articles through our EAP Program that focus on Workplace Wellness

• Building Better Relationships at Work - Support & Resources - City of Pekin (

• A Little Respect Goes a Long Way - Support & Resources - City of Pekin (


• Coordinating with the Finance Department for the transition of the new HR Coordinator

• Preparing a training strategy plan & onboarding for new HR Coordinator

• Troubleshooting with issues involving IPBC’s new benefit platform


• Meeting set with external partners to discuss how the City can better use the programs available to help the homeless and other citizens who may need assistance.

• Meeting set with HUD on process for direct principal reduction on Section 108 Loan for the Fire Truck.

• Sending response to HUD on the CAPER issues.

• Working with management and code enforcement on the development of a new CDBG Program for remove debris on properties deemed a health hazard to the community.

• Working on submitting quarterly reports for SLFRF.

• Waiting to hear if awarded a SMART grant from DOT.

• Continuing to look for new grant opportunities.

• CAPER issue response is going to HUD for final approval.

• SLFRF quarterly report submitted.

• Section 108 Loan interest has been paid for the quarter.

• Currently working with HUD on the principal reduction payment on the Section 108 Loan.

• Working on next FY budget.

• Working on the development of two new activities in the CDBG program.

• Reviewing grant opportunities for tourism for the City.


• October 19th - Business After Hours 4:30-6 pm – Vonderheide Floor Covering

• October 21st - Halloween Downtown 11-1 & Derby 1-3

• October 26th - Business & Community Recognition Luncheon – Pekin Country Club – 11:30-1:30

• October 27th - Ribbon Cutting – Tazewell Area Credit Union – Noon

• November 2nd - Ribbon Cutting – Whiskey Taco – 4 pm

• November 3rd - First Friday Lunch – Panda Express

• November 9th - Business After Hours 4:30-6 pm – Salvation

• Hosted Tourism Round Table Discussion. McDaniels Marketing presented the quarterly SEO Report and also discussed the advantages and recommendations for improving our SEO for Peoria Area Convention and Visitors also presented quarterly results.

• Attended Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Meeting, and met with our Discover Peoria representative regarding Christmas on Court and other upcoming events.

• Christmas on Court will be held on Friday, December 1st. The Tourism Committee is seeking sponsors, formalizing plans and coordinating with participating businesses. Attended Pekin Main Street Meeting to promote Christmas on Court and encourage businesses to participate, as it is a great opportunity for business promotion.

• Next Tourism Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, November 6 at 5 pm at City Hall.

• Featured Event of the Week: Haunted Garden Thursday, October 26th 5-7pm and Friday October 27th 11-5pm. Families are invited to wear costumes and play games. Program will be inside if it rains.

• November is "Dinovember" with many programs and activities on dinosaurs and paleontology.

• Our public PC replacement project is now complete. Facet has almost completed the update to the networking equipment and the server.

• New directional signs will be installed on the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway, at our entrance on Broadway, and in the west parking lot. After eight years of having a new south entrance and parking lot, we still have a lot of people parking in the west lot and trying to use the old entrance.


• Staff attended the 2023 TIPS (Transportation Improvement Program) meeting with IDOT Aeronautics to request 5 year FAA entitlement funding items

• T-Hangar construction is progressing. Concrete contractor is out doing repairs this week and electrician has installed underground conduit for primary electrical service

• T-Hangar building package is scheduled for arrival late next week with steel erectors to begin raising the building the following week.

• Main Hangar Sandblasting is complete and painting of the main white color is done. Red trim color is going on and contractor hopes to be done this week weather/ wind dependent. The building looks great now!

• Farmer has harvested the airport grounds and staff can now start fall fence line maintenance.

• Painting Contractor finished up the terminal sandblasting and painting project.

• Staff held the monthly airport advisory commission meeting.

• Staff prepared FY 25 draft budget and attended budget planning meeting.

• New T Hangar building package due to arrive 10/30 so building construction should follow shorty thereafter. 4-6 weeks is estimated for the steel workers to put up the building.


• 10/16-10/20: National School Bus Safety Week: Worked with several Pekin schools: students provided safety-themed school bus artwork currently displayed in building hallway

• 10/18/23: Extended Evacuation Drill at Pekin Community High School: 10 buses successfully assisted in evacuating approx. 700 students to PCHS evacuation site; returned students to school after ‘parent reunification exercise’.

• Conducted several monitor interviews throughout this week and last

• Continued work on budget for next fiscal year; initial budget meeting with City Manager and Interim Finance Manager 10/23/23

• 10/27/23-10/31/23: National Association of Pupil Transportation Annual Conference (NAPT): Department Head is attending


• Bid opening for City Hall Exterior Cleaning

• Received and/or responded to 8 FOIA Request

• Completed Year End Annual Report for Central Illinois
Municipal Clerks Organization and attended meeting with my guest Interim Finance Director Bob Grogan

• Assisted Mayor with Goals for Manager project to Council and assisted with composing Statement of Condemnation of Attacks

• Prepared, posted, and attended Council Meeting October 23, 2023, prepared adopted documents for signatures

• Attended Council policy meeting with Mayor and Manager to prepare items for the November 13, 2023 Council Meeting

• Attended Department Head Meeting where a new website software was demonstrated.

• Attended Northside Fire Station naming for Firefighter Jamie Lusher

• Provided documents as requested by individual Council Members, Manager, and staff (5 year history of Annual Levy Ordinance)

• Administering the Oath of Office for our new Police Chief and new officer are planned for the week of November 6, 2023

• Annual Treasurers Report was finalized published in the newspaper and will be filed with Peoria and Tazewell County Clerks and Treasurers offices October 25, 2023

• Continue to provide documents for TIF development Agreements and TIF East and South Residential Ordinances and School District Agreements with Jacob and Klein

With direction from the Manager to conduct a mock meeting prior to going live with CivicPlus software now for the meeting of November 13, 2023, training has been set for October 27 questions and answers, November 2, and November 6 launch discussion. Historic Importing of agendas, minutes, packets, videos is being worked out with the IT department.

The new automated side load garbage trucks are in! These trucks will make the garbage routes more efficient. Here are so...

The new automated side load garbage trucks are in! These trucks will make the garbage routes more efficient.

Here are some tips for how to help make this transition easier.

1. Arrows on top of toter lid need to face towards street (handles away from street).
2. The machine automatically shuts the lid after emptying. Please check if your garbage has been picked up before calling the City.
3. Please keep garbage cans at least 3 feet away from any obstacles.
4. Nothing outside or on top of the toter will be picked up.
5. Lids must be closed but not bungee corded shut.

Thank you for your help! We will all work together to make this as easy as possible.

Good Afternoon Pekin!As I transition over from being the Police Chief to the City Manager I am sending this out on the C...

Good Afternoon Pekin!

As I transition over from being the Police Chief to the City Manager I am sending this out on the City of Pekin Illinois - Government page. A little different, but same thing right? My hopes are that moving forward the City page grows as the police departments did. I am hopeful for more positive engagement.

I know it was discussed at the last council meetings asking where the updates were. I explained that I was working to change the format and hopefully provide a little more informative information. So, this is a work in progress. Below is what has been going on the past couple of weeks with City staff. My plans are to post this every other week allowing staff time to work on matters as they arise and post better updated information.

Also, as we move forward I hope to post more often with the little things to improve our communication and engagement. So, here is the update all have been waiting for.


• Concrete has been poured. There were some issues with the work and staff is working with the contractor for a remedy. The project is progressing.

• Staff was able to confirm that “Municipal Switching” was an option that allowed us to get money quicker. This was completed and will streamline the funding anticipated.

• Painting of the terminal building is progressing. First coat is on getting ready for another coat.

• Fuel tank update. We are still in the design phase. We are due for an inspection in the spring and Hanson will have it out for design and bid soon.

• More crack filling will take place before the end of the season.

Public Safety:


• The new social worker has started and has been working on homeless issues already and other matters as they arise.

• The social worker assisted a homeless individual with temporary housing and has been working with counseling services and finding a permanent residence as well as assistance with employment.

• SafeT Act Bail Reform is now active. We have seen many matters where individuals would be held in jail to await bond released from the jail after processing. Monitoring for impact on the community, but this is some of the downtown issue we are seeing.

• Three drones are here and we have already used them most recently at the Marigold event.

• Roll call (Squad Room) has been updated for training needs and is back in operation.

• Social Worker: The new social worker is off to a great start. Over the past week, she spent significant time working with numerous homeless individuals throughout the city and riverfront while also working on compiling a homeless census. The social worker has done an excellent job of networking with Strive, Pekin Outreach, United Way, and the Salvation Army and has built multiple contacts throughout the area. The social worker had 30 contacts with homeless individuals and provided in-person counseling to many of them. She continues to build rapport with many of the individuals and has done an excellent job of connecting with them.

• Code Enforcement: The new code enforcement officer has completed several portions of his training program and has already shown to have an impact on the ability of the code enforcement division to handle a greater call volume and address more issues. The new code officer will continue his training while also taking on more and more duties as he progresses on a weekly basis. The posting to hire the third code enforcement officer has been posted internally and we plan to have someone hired in the next 4-6 weeks.

• Community Relations: The police department recently participated in the Pekin Homecoming Parade and that took place without incident. The police department is preparing for the annual Shop with a Hero Program and the annual Angel Tree program to provide gifts to kids and families in the area that are experiencing difficult financial times. We will be posting Halloween Safety Tips within the next couple weeks via social media.

Code Enforcement:

• We logged 74 calls for complaints or service/follow up from residents of Pekin, Council Members, Pekin City Staff and police officers on follow up from dispatched calls. That is up 8 from last week

• We received the following complaint topics:

• Parking compliance, homeless camps being set up on private property, malefactors entering vacant buildings and structures, Junk and Debris on Public Property, Overgrown Vegetation in the alleyway and on City Property, Dangerous Trees, Dangerous Unoccupied Buildings, Tall Grass and Weeds, Junk and debris in city ROW, Abandoned Vehicles Parking in Yard/Grass, Request for re-inspections, request for ordinance information, and request to inspect residence with no water/utilities. Multiple complaints for trailers parked on city streets after sunset. This will be a growing problem as people bring boats and trailers back from campgrounds due to end of season. We will monitor and address as needed

• 78 City Ordinance Tickets/Violations were issued from 9/29/23 to 10/5/23.

• Received 6 referrals from City Manager Office all were address with action pending (Grass, Nuisance Property, Complaint on violation notices received and vacant houses.

• Officers were called to multiple vacant houses to clear homeless. Code Enforcement should be called when this happens so we can secure property and ensure no Dangerous Building violations are present.

• Officers called out on a Domestic call found an uninhabitable apt. Contacted code enforcement. Follow up investigation led to the apt being secured off and the owner issued violations. Were able to assist in a child endangerment case with evidence found during inspection.

• 9 requests for inspection follow ups with City Building Official for structural violations, one dangerous building was issued violation.

Code Enforcement Initiated Actions:

• 4 new tenant complaint forms received and addressed
• Still waiting on deed information on Catherine Street

Crime Free Updates:

0 new applications for non-owner-occupied properties and property change updates
152 Crime free notices to review Several property owners called in for information.


• Revising Capital Plan for fire apparatus replacement.

• The next two weeks are fire prevention week. School drills, tours, and fire safety education being performed at all Pekin Public Schools.

• All personnel are attending recertification training for CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ALCS). These two certifications must be completed every two years and are mandatory four our EMS licenses.

• Reminder of the Jami R. Lusher Fire Station Dedication on October 20, 2023 at 10:00am.

• Participated in the Home Coming parade and Homecoming game.

• Fire Prevention Week- School drills, education, station tours, etc. continue this week.

• Working on budget for FY25

• Meeting with ICC- working on early college (high school class) for next year and evaluation of Paramedic program for betterment.

• Preparing information for purchase of cardiac monitors. (November agenda)

• Application period about to close. New hire testing on October 28.

Community Development:

• The regularly scheduled ZBA meeting will be held on October 11th at 5pm

• Staff is preparing the ZBA agenda and packet

• Maintaining operations: reviewing site plans and permits, assigning addresses, responding to inquiries

Building Inspections

• Maintaining inspection operations as normal

• Continuing to work with code enforcement to address properties of concern.

• Continuing to conduct Business and Multi-family unit inspections in cooperation with the Fire Dept.

• Staff is working on plan reviews for numerous permits and projects

• Continuing to work with IDPH and Illinois American Water to ensure Backflow devices are properly installed and tested

• Staff is working with the Engineering Dept to address some recently discovered sanitary sewer issues.

• Staff is working with the CDBG director to finish up an existing project

• Staff attended numerous in person and virtual meetings this week

• Staff attended State mandated continuing education class this week

• Staff is working with Multiple Developers looking to Build within the City

• Started to work with Cullinan Properties to develop addresses for new tenant locations.

• Received action plan from the Township and in review process

Public Works:

St. Dept

• Removed a portion of the sidewalk on Black Oak and Hickory Lane allowing us to remove/replaced the rusted out culvert. We then formed up for the new portion of the sidewalk (at Black Oak and Hickory).

• Digging out the ditch along the 800 block of Black Oak from culvert to culvert.

• The storm inlet has been replaced on the corner of 12th and Broadway, completed today with asphalt.

• Used asphalt to complete the storm inlet replacement on the northeast side of Martha.

• Completed videoing the sanitary mains on Court St (excluding the area in front of Taco Bell due to traffic issues).

• Spray patching per slips (and areas).

• Continuing to sweep throughout the city.

• Material has arrived for the crack sealer and we will continue with our list as soon as we are able.

• Lift stations are being checked.

• JULIE’s are being marked daily.

• Solid Waste is normal operations at this time and we hope to have two new automated garbage trucks delivered to SW next week.

• Sidewalk formed up in Hickory Hills

• Barricades were placed and picked up for HOCO Parade. Julie’s are being marked daily. We used the crack sealer on the taxiway/runway at the airport. We also spray patched per slips as well as potholes being filled.

Solid Waste
Disassembled tires for SW from rims and mounted up/retread tires. Removed hydraulic tube on SW14 and completed the state inspection on SW11. Replaced toter tipper hook spring on SW16. Replaced lights on SW14.

Reviewed bus write ups and repaired as many as possible. Replaced mirrors, multiple fuse door latches and first hatch alarm switch. Removed and replaced rear roof hatch alarm switch and replaced multiple tires. Pulled rear tires, brake caliper and hub assembly. Pulled axle and cleaned bearing and reassembled.

Replaced the battery in the Skid Steer. Truck #405 and #465 went for state inspection. Worked on the DuraPatcher. Removed blades on the mower, sharpened and reassembled. New gutter brooms and shoes have been ordered for the street sweepers. Routine maintenance on truck #445. Exhaust work on truck #419 and replaced battery on truck #416. Installed exhaust heat shield on #419, along with welding the new brace to exhaust pipe.

Removed and replaced tires. Service call to remove and place driver side rear tire on 52010. Squad 5146 needed to be jump started, replaced the battery and did LOF.

Traced down wiring issues on Engine 2 and removed and replaced the valve on the water line. Air leak on Tower 2. Removed brake chamber on Tower 4 and replaced with a new one. Tightened up hydraulic fittings on Tower 4 and topped off fluids. Removed and cleaned throttle cable on Engine 5. Removed the seat and replaced the passenger from seatbelt on Engine 4. Also removed and replaced 8 gauges on the pump panel on Engine 4.


• Court Street from Valle Vista to Stadium: Ameren is still moving poles on the north side of the road. The roadway contractor wants to begin with water main work, which is in the center of the road. Stark Excavating is the water main sub-contractor for Cullinan, and they plan to begin on October 23rd. We will put out a Facebook post to tell people to watch for traffic control changes around this time. All water main installation is planned to be completed before winter shutdown.

• Derby St.: Otto Baum poured more concrete curb this week. They are making good progress and should have no issues completing the north half of the road between 8th & 14th before the winter. There will be small asphalt patches placed between the old and new pavement during the winter so that it can be opened up, except at Morton & Peoria Street where the grade change was more significant. We are hoping to remove and replace the pavement in that area before winter too.

• Downtown Rehab Design: Terra submitted plan revisions this week. Engineering staff is reviewing them one more time before putting them out to bid. This project will still begin this fiscal year, but will not be scheduled to be completed until next winter.

• 300 Block Parking Lot: Dumpster enclosures are being installed.

• Riverfront Demo Project (for CSO Project): Bid from Stark Excavating awarded & contracts sent for signatures.

• CSO Project: Farnsworth is working to modify the plans for a new pipe alignment, based on bids that we got on the Riverfront Demo project. Planning to bid in the next few months.

• Derby Street Sewer Lining project from Summer to 2nd: Awarded to Hoerr Construction. Waiting for signed contracts.

• Tharp Ave. Erosion Project: Awarded to Miller & Son Construction. Waiting for signed contracts.

• 200 Block of Court Street Alley & Parking Lot: Only one bid was received. It is high. This will be on the council agenda on Monday. Staff is recommending rejecting the bid and re-bidding over the winter for Spring construction. Josie spoke with Dustin Maquet, and he agrees with this method.

Human Resources:

• Current Recruitment – Economic Development Director, Finance Director, HR Director, payroll coordinator, permit technician, Bus Drivers & Monitors

• Internally posted the 3rd Code Enforcement position

Filled Positions

• 2 Bus Drivers
• 2 Bus Monitors
• HR Coordinator – offer extended
• City Manager Executive Assistant


• Currently reviewing and interviewing for Economic Development

• Currently reviewing for Finance Director

• Currently reviewing for HR Director

• Process of appointment for next police chief

• Currently have sent out budget calendar to staff and working on presentation for October 23rd Council meeting for public hearing regarding public safety pensions and tax levy.

• Working on video gaming amendment

• Continue meeting with individuals interested in potential development

• Beginning to meet with department heads on budget for FY25

• Preparing Levy public hearing and presentation

• Preparing Pension presentation

City Clerk:

• Prepared Annual Treasurer Report for submitting for publication in the Journal Star. Waiting for proof and affidavit of publication in order to file in Peoria and Tazewell Counties.

• Received 3 new FOIA Request and responded to 6. One in particular required review and redacting by Attorney Swise, a new learning process for receiving those reviewed documents in a shared file Microsoft 365 and responding to requestor in DropBox.

• Attended Tuesday following Council meeting Future Agenda Review with Manager and Mayor Pro-Tem Nutter

• Attended Thursday Management Meeting

• Provided 10 years of previous levies for Interim Finance Director

• Assisted staff members with first access of placing items in new Agenda and Minutes software

Cullinan Property Update

• Should be executing first lease this week with new tenant
• More very close to executing.
• Others in the works
• Cannot share the names at this time, but will be soon

Public Property / Buildings & Grounds:

• Cleared guard rails on Veterans Drive
• Replaced flags ready for Court Street
• Fixed lights in Council Chambers
• Mowed lots
• Plumbing work at Fire Station 3
• Cleared brush at bus department fence lines
• Sprayed bus department weeds


• Worked with Staff developing a new program for funding opportunity regarding homelessness.

• Worked with staff developing plans for demolitions and response to questions asked by HUD regarding funding.

• Plan to drive with Code Enforcement and Chief to look at properties to have an understanding of needs to better describe grant needs.

• Josie and I have worked together on the submission of the SMART Grant from US DOT (due Tuesday Oct. 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm).

• The response to HUD identified information request in the CAPER analysis is ready to be sent and resubmitted.

• Working on budget projections due this week.

• Working with Code Enforcement on the design of a potential new component (clean up and debris removal) to the demo program.

• Working with Josie and Nic on the submission of a HUD grant which is due Oct. 30.

• Continuing to reconcile the City GL to the HUD IDIS grant management system.


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I don’t know if this is allowed but this is a medallion that I came across around 10 years ago. I figured some would find it interesting as well and maybe someone could give me some more information about it.
This is what we get from cleaning the leaves out of the road so the sewer drains don’t clog up and flood the road. 2 cans full from the road not my yard. Randy and I ( mostly Randy) try to keep them clear to prevent flooding. He was out mulching the road for days because we seen the forecast. I would think the city would be aware as well. I wish they would get the street sweepers out before a heavy rain. I won’t go buy another can. I can’t afford one. This was a new one. After 30 plus years we still have to go out and do the city’s job. I’m so sick of this poorly ran town.
Hey street Department. The rain washed all of the leaves out into the street. Now would be the perfect time to get the street sweepers out. The gutters are so plugged up with leaves, that they can't drain.
Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but Dunkin Donut needs to figure out how to expand their drive thru to get cars off Court St... They should consider the empty lot right next to them.
Having a garage sale Saturday!! 1105 Sheridan road.. baby clothes, junior clothes, scrubs pants/tops, shoes, purses, kitchen items, few collectibles, workout machine equipment, etc.... come check it out since suppose to be beautiful out!!!
Why did Pizza Peel leave Pekin ! Don't we need new businesses besides Dollar Stores , Car washes and Walmart I guess not !
Can someone from the city please explain how the Trump sign is a nuisance ordinance violation for being obscene and immoral and an entire fence that's busted up with a pile of f***s painted on it is completely acceptable?
Just seen the news for the road construction between Veterans dr and valle vista can you explain why its going to take 3 years to fix 1 mile of road?
We demand judge kouris resignation.
We demand kouris resignation!
As an on-and-off resident of Pekin for the last 40+ years and a full-time resident for the past 5 years, I became very concerned upon seeing a small group of BLM protesters walking up and down the sidewalk (near my place of residence) today, chanting and carrying signs.

I don't know if they were issued a permit to protest (or if it's even necessary in these times), nor how the city would even allow such a thing.

I understand about "peaceful protests" and people's rights to do so. I just hope that the city understands that BLM is a terrorist movement and should never be allowed a foothold in any community.

They're "peaceful" now. But so are the other terrorist and "defund the police" groups in small numbers. It's when they increase their size that they become a threat to the citizens - one that will be next to impossible to get rid of or contain.

I implore you to not let this happen in Pekin. These BLM supporters and ANY groups that want to disrupt our modus vivendi through chaos and violence should be shown the exit out of town with a stern message to not come back.
Will the city street department going to come and clean up the fallen limbs that are partially in the road?