With all members in attendance, the meeting went smoothly. The Election Commission is still overpaying on the water bill at Brandywine. The County, as leaseholder, is supposed to take care of changing this, but Mr. O'Connor has not yet met with the landlord. Director Tom Bride will bring this up to the County Adminstrator when he meets with him soon. The new Election Commission website should be up and running since Friday, December 15. It is using the same platform as Peoria County.
Three Peoria polling places might be changing. Northwoods Community Church no longer wishes to be a polling place. Unless they change their minds, precinct 92 will vote to the North Branch Library, and precincts 91 and 94 will move to Prayerview Church on Wilhelm Rd.
Candidate filing for local primary races went smoothly without any objections. Software for the pollbooks is being upgraded. And the State's Attorney's office is working on tax exemption for the Brandywine property.
Chairman Cummins expressed concern about the LWV website review which downgraded the Election Commission site because it was difficult to find the dates of meetings. Director Bride explained that the new website should be more user friendly.
All members of the Election Commission were present at this meeting. In going over the month's bills, they discussed the excessive water bill. The September bill was for 30,000 gallons of water! It seems they have been paying for the utilities for the whole building, even though they are leasing only a percentage. Director Tom Bride will be talking with the County who is working with the owner. The Election Commission should get a credit back from the owner.
The budget which will be presented to the County Board has six full time employees and one vacancy. Tom asked for another full time person, but was granted .6 (24 hrs/wk). The County will give a raise of 1.04% to all unrepresented staff. Mr. Bartolo felt that this was too low for the hard-working staff and recommended a 2% raise. This was passed as a budget amendment. Tom Bride believes more money could be given the staff within the budget. The Commission's attorney says they are researching how much discretion there is. Elected officials have more discretion. The attorneys are looking into how much commissions have.
Public Input: Cheryl Budzinski commented that the commission website was difficult to navigate and that it affected transparency and the ability to access FOIA forms and information.
Executive Director report: Outreach activities were expanding with mayors and boards of approx. 15 -16 communities contacted over the last 6 months to find out how the commission can be of assistance
The commission approved a total of 2.5% salary increase based on merit for full time employees (a lump sum total of $9276). A member from Woodford County objected because Woodford County was only giving its employees a 2% increase.
July 12, 2017 - Agenda issues relevant to LWV state or local positions or programs
1. Riverfront Program & Policy Advisory Committee
The Riverfront Apartments project will begin Phase 1 in the fall of 2017. Board members and some attendees discussed concerns over the loss of green space for entertainment events to the apartment development project. Concerns included the possible impact upon future revenue for the city if larger entertainment events can no longer be accommodated. The City of Peoria has encouraged the Peoria Park District to attract larger venues to the Riverfront and may not be fully aware of the restrictions the Riverfront Apartment development may place upon future entertainment planning.
June 21, 2017 - At the 3 pm meeting at Peoria City Hall Room 404. Chairman Steve Morris
welcomed new City Council member Zach Oyler to the committee. He was appointed to take the city representative position held previously by Councilman Tim Riggenbach.
The Foth Engineering report included their detailed assessment of the remaining capacity of the current landfill Cell 2. This landfill is operated by Waste Management. It is expected to reach capacity sometime between 2020 and 2021 and has about 1.4 million cubic yards remaining.
May landfill leachate removal was 29,000 gallons which shows definite improvement from the 5,000 gallons pulled off last year at the same time.
June 20, 2017 - Mayor Phelan started the meeting at 6:30. All Trustees were present. Trustee reports:
a) Trustees report on specific areas: Only Public Works had a report - On June 27 from 8 am to 3:30 pm, the Forrest Park Hill will be closed.
June 20, 2017 - The manager reported that the “Records Preservation” project is behind desired plan. The mausoleum crypt project is working to mark vacant crypts to make sales easier. Previously planned staff employment reviews and wage adjustments were recently completed. Overdue accounts amount to $6,300 and work is underway to address them appropriately.
The manager is proposing August 4 for dedication of the new entrance. The City of Peoria spent 40 or 50 hours doing drainage investigation; the manager sent a list of related priorities he feels he needs help from City to the public works director.
June 13, 2017 - The Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 13. For the first time, Chief Judge Paul Gilfillin sat in on the meeting. The Board approved training for both Director Tom Bride and his assistant Elizabeth Gannon. Tom will be attending an Annual Conference where he will gain recertification. Elizabeth will receive four days of training on new software.
The Governor has indicated that he will sign automatic registration into law (he had not yet as of this writing). Tom Bride is looking forward to receiving registrations electronically instead of on paper. This will lead to cheaper processing and fewer errors, omissions, etc.
Walking up Fulton St. Tuesday night, I noticed neat row of fancy rentable bicycles in front of city hall. These bikes were one of more interesting proclamations at the beginning of the Peoria City Council meeting. The Enjoy Peoria Cycle new bike sharing program was highlighted and it sounds impressive. Mobile app access to this activity is easy and a great idea. Please check it out.
May 16, 2017 - The annual audit report was reviewed with nothing extraordinary of note.
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