May 16, 2017 - Mayor Phelan started the meeting at 6:30. Trustee Reichert was absent. Trustee reports on specific areas: Nothing to report for: Economic Development/Village Improvements; Building/Property Maintenance; Fire; and Administration/Personnel. Police Benevolent dinner will be May 19 from 5-8 at Peoria Heights Grade School. Public Works reported the light pole blocking the new parking lot next to the old Grayboy building will be moved.
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Meeting date: May 02, 2017. Mayor Allen started the meeting at 6:31.
Announcements: Mayor Allen presented a plaque to long time village attorney Tom Trager for his service.
Trustees report on specific areas. Nothing to report for: Economic Development/Village Improvements; Police, Building/Property Maintenance; Fire; Public Works. Administration/Personnel, Trustee Cumming reported Peoria Heights Tower Park is now open Friday-Sunday 11am-7pm. It will open 11am - 9pm starting May 31.
The following were approved 6-0:
The meeting took place in order to certify the results of the April 4 consolidated general election The first order of business was to end the tie in the election for Hollis Park District. Mother, Anita Zeine, and son, Russell Zeine, were tied after the April 4 election. It was the first time members of the Commission used the tie-breaker protocol. First, Chairman Collins pulled a party name out of a bag to determine who would draw a number first. Then Anita Zeine drew a four from chits numbered one through ten. Russell Zeine drew a six and was declared the winner.
The Commission approved a change in the hours that the office would be open to the public. Even though staff arrives at 8:00 am, the doors will not open until 8:30 to give staff time to get organized and ready for the day.
There was actually higher voter turnout for the April 4 election than in the last two off-season elections.
The percent voting in the city was almost 20%, but because there were more registered voters this year, actual numbers were higher.
After an update on the Brandywine building, the Commission wanted it on the record that they were unhappy with the length of time it has taken to ready the building. Unfortunately, the Commission is not the leaseholder; the County is. Hopefully, things are now on track for remodeling to occur and for a tentative move in date to be planned.
In answer to a question from an attendee, Director Tom Bride explained in detail what determines a valid mail-in ballot. First, the ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day. Then two judges, one from each major party, determine if the signature is a match. If there is any question about the validity of the signature, the voter is given the opportunity to prove that the ballot should count. That is why there is such a gap between Election Day and the day votes are certified. -- Irene Pritzker, Observer
April 19, 2017- The first City County Landfill Committee meeting chaired by County Board member Steve Morris was on March 15th. Mr Morris's appointment was announced at the February meeting. Past chairman Les Bergsten continues his many years of service with the committee as an appointed citizen member. Sharon Williams is on Landfill Committee to replace County Board member Lynn Scott Pearson who did not run for re-election to the County Board.
Discussion continued on issues regarding free residential pick-up truck size loads of trash that are brought to the landfill. This topic began several months ago when Mr. Morris raised concern about a resident who phoned him saying they were charged an excessive amount for discarding a couch.
April 18, 2017 - Al Andrews who recently retired from the management authority was given a service award for his dedicated service to Springdale.
The manager's report included that he:
The terms of the Board members will be adjusted so that there will be four ending each year. The department will look at how repeal and replacement of the ACA will affect people is this area and how state funding or lack of funding of Public Aid will affect recipients in Peoria County.
--- Elliott Murray (meeting date: 2/13/17)
The Peoria Election Commission held their monthly board meeting on Tuesday afternoon at the Election Commission offices. They started by approving the payment of various bills and the changes to several polling places. All county polling places are now set, except for the one at Lake Camelot which has an issue with accessibility because of a bridge being out. That change will take place after the bridge repair is finished. Single polling places were merged in order to save on the cost of elections. One polling place was changed because of a poor cell phone signal required for same day registration.
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