May 24 meeting started on time with three Board members absent. James Fassino, Chair, present. Agenda available on website; minutes of April meeting approved. These were not on website prior to meeting; March minutes available. Public comment available at beginning of meeting. Nicole Livsey, HCV FSS Coordinator, introduced PHA resident who had completed program and is entering nursing school in fall. Five members of community present; PJS reporter present.
Jackie Newman, Executive Director of Springfield Housing Authority, gave overview of her site visits to PHA properties. Ms. Newman is currently under contract to direct PHA for twelve months after resignation of prior PHA Director.
Financial report shows collections are up 8.7% over prior period; this is due to asset management staff handling collections.
The Peoria City County Landfill Committee met their usual third Wednesday, May 16, at 3 pm, in Room 404 at Peoria City Hall.
Public comment included a request for explanation of some of the chemicals showing up in groundwater monitoring and how some are determined not to be not site related and others have continued testing.
Committee Chair Steve Morris asked that Foth engineering address the questions during their Groundwater Update report. Some test wells are affected by migrating landfill gasses. Other things that happen are contaminants that are from the coal mining done at the site before it became a landfill or testing at the lab. If a level of concern is detected, there is a time-frame for follow-up testing, which often shows no further action is needed. If levels remain of concern, the next step is a determination of the source and assessment monitoring is done. The testing looks for a statistically significant change as they want to know if the landfill is affecting groundwater.
The Election Commission started their monthly meeting with approval of current bills. The only addition to the normal bills was the cost of the cage and lock at the Brandywine location. All the paper voter cards have already been moved there. Also at the Brandywine location, all the flooring and drywall have been taken out, thus removing any remaining asbestos. Director Tom Bride mentioned that his office will be working with the League again on mock elections. One reason for his willingness to hold these is his ability to get student judges.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
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