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The regular third Wednesday of each month Peoria City County Landfill Committee meeting began at 3 p.m. at Peoria City Hall Room 404 with Chairman Steve Morris presiding and member Zach Oyler absent.
During the Foth Engineering report, committee member Rick Fox asked for more information regarding one of the special waste products approved for disposal. Mr. Fox referred to several comments on the Material Data Safety Sheet regarding toxicity of manganese sulfate monohydrate. The substance was accepted at the landfill because it was not a RCRA hazardous waste. The Foth review will turn down substances that could be a risk and they can also bring items of concern to the committee.
The gate audit check showed all procedures in place and being followed. Due to the cold weather only one load of landfill leachate was reported for the previous month. Waste tonnage receipts were up for January 2020 which have helped landfill revenues and 13,168.18 tons were recorded compared to January 2019 which was 12,199.75 tons. Waste Management staff could not be present for the meeting and had sent notification to the Chairman.
Bob Manning, Vice Chair, chaired the meeting which started at 4:00pm. Chair, Linda Daley, was present by phone.
Executive Director Tom Bride gave an update on the primary election in March: 540 ballots have been mailed with 70 already returned, including the first one which came from Singapore! He announced 150 early voters, but several more showed up during the board meeting. He expects 20% of voters to vote by mail.
Director Bride would like to look into finding the best replacement for the current voting system. The one in use now was purchased in 2005 and first used in March of 2006. He is concerned that the vendor will stop supporting the current machines. Machines would not be replaced until summer of 2021 so as not to interfere with this year's election cycle. He is already holding discussions with the County and plans on sending out Requests for Information this summer so there would be plenty of time to make a decision. Planning is difficult because the state could change to more vote by mail. There is already discussion in the Legislature, and things can change very quickly.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
Recent HUD inspections of PHA properties included improved scores and ratings achieved with upward trends identified to meet HUD policies. Director Newman and board recognized efforts of all staff in this achievement.
The meeting was called to order at 6:05 PM by Trustee Petty and recessed to go into a Public Hearing concerning the intent of the Board to issue $5 million General Obligation Park Bonds for capital improvements. There were no replies for calls for written and oral testimony. At 6:10 PM, the hearing was closed and the regular meeting resumed with President Johnson presiding.
Staff member Mike Friberg provided a report on the emergency repairs made on Grandview Drive following a landslide on July 7, 2019. NE Finch Co. did the work. A combination of graphs, photos, and video offered information about the rebuilding of an area of pipe and of manhole number two. The landslide was caused by groundwater, a problem not anticipated in the original construction. A groundwater drainage system to prevent this problem from occurring in the future will need to be added to the site in the future, adding significant additional cost to the project.
An amendment to the Sexual Harassment Policy was approved to comply with a new State law. The amendment adds Trustees to the policy, requiring reporting and an independent review of allegations of sexual harassment by an elected official against another elected official.
A request for a membership price increase by Peoria Zoological Society was approved. The increase will be effective April 1, 2020.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 PM. The next scheduled PPD Board meeting is February 12, 2020.
Farrell Davies, Observer
Executive Director Cahill reported that staff are working on developing a policy that will address cannabis use and that the policy will come before the Board by the end of 2019.
Nine Americorps volunteers who are providing park restoration and facility restoration services through November 7 introduced themselves to the Board.
Jason Hawk from Hawk-Attolo, LLC was present for the vote on Power Purchase Agreements for Solar for four PPD facilities. Executive Director Cahill thanked Trustees Harant and Snowden for meeting with her and Mr. Hawk the previous day to cover final questions regarding the agreements. A separate vote was held for each Facility Agreement for Solar. The following four facility agreements were approved unanimously: River Plex Recreation Center, Noble Center, Lakeview Recreation Center, and Owens Recreation Center.
Oct 22 meeting (Ruckregal absent) Public Hearing regarding the 2020-21 Biennial Budget had two people speak: Downtown Development Board requested funding in the budget as had been done previous years; Peoria Area Assoc of Realtors requested there be no increase in property taxes – the city should find additional sources of revenue.
Chairman Steve Morris began the October 16th meeting reporting follow-up to the citizen comment at the September meeting regarding concern about run-off water affecting an adjacent citizen’s property. Mr. Morris thanked County Highway Engineer Amy McLaren for her prompt action in seeing that the blocked highway culvert causing the problem was cleaned. He said that this culvert is on the County list for replacement and was silted in.
The Foth Company landfill engineering report covered several special waste approvals, which included:
Authority meeting was convened by Vice-Chair Bob Manning at 4:00 p.m.
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