Chairman Andrew Rand apologized for not beginning the Oct 10 meeting promptly at 6 p.m. due to waiting for State Representative Gordon-Booth, who wished to attend the opening agenda item. The first agenda item was the appointment of Brandy Bryant as the new Board District 5 representative. Rachel Parker previously held this position and resigned to accept appointment as County Clerk. Board member Steven Rieker announced he would abstain on the vote as he did not have information about the appointment prior to the meeting. Several board members spoke in support of Ms. Bryant. The appointment was approved with a vote of 15 yes, zero no and 1 abstain. The public seating areas of the board room were filled at the opening of the meeting. Much of the audience left after the appointment.
Mike Rucker, Chairman, Friends of the Rock Island Trail, spoke during citizen comments. He expressed concern about the village of Bellevue board being opposed to the potential rails-to-trails project from Bellevue to Farmington. Mr. Rucker said he thinks the project would be an asset to Peoria County off-road bicycle routes and for area recreation and tourism. District 1 Board Member Sharon Williams, whose area includes the Bellevue section of the proposed trail, commented that she was in support of the project and is looking into the issue.
The meeting Consent Agenda followed and contained eleven items which were approved. One zoning approval and a resolution for a bid approval followed and both were voted yes. The meeting was adjourned approximately 6:50 p.m. Joyce Blumenshine, Observer
Current Park Board Meeting
Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Michael Williams as the Southern District Trustee.
New Park Board Meeting
Southern District Trustee Williams was seated.
Trustees voted to receive and file reports on the PPD 4-Pronged Commitment to Diversity Action Items as follows:
The meeting was called to order at 6:08 PM by Chairman Robert Johnson and adjourned at 7:03. All trustees were present except Trustee Cassidy. The next scheduled PPD Board meeting is 10-23-19.
Farrell Davies, Observer
The Peoria County Election Commission approved the spending of moneys received through various grants.
Approved was the schedule for early voting for the March 17, 2020, general primary. Early voting will begin forty days before the election at the Commission office and two weeks before the election at other locations. ICC North will not be a voting location because of its proximity to the Commission office. The schedule and locations should be on the website now.
Tom Bride, executive director, is looking for a Ballot Packet Scanning & Sorting System to computerize verifications for vote by mail. The request for bids has resulted in three companies asking for information. Hopefully, more information will be available at the November meeting, with a vote in December.
Quorum included: Matt Bartolo, James Manning, and Sandra Burke. A representative of the State's Attorney's office was present.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
Oct 8 meeting (Jensen absent most of meeting) had several interesting discussions:
PEORIA HOUSING AUTHORITY (PHA) FIVE YEAR CAPTAL FUND PROGRAM 2020 AGENCY ANNUAL PLAN
The PHA recently completed a series of public hearings to get input from citizens on their Five Year Capital Fund Program (FY 2020-2024) and Annual Plan. The United States Human Services and Urban Renewal Department (HUD) requires a 45-day public comment period starting August 21, and ending October 4, 2019. Copies of the plans for public review can be obtained at the Peoria Housing Authority, 100 Richard Pryor Place, Peoria, IL. There were five public meetings scheduled. The meeting attended by Cheryl Budzinski and myself was on September 9 at PHA office at Harrison Homes. The meeting was led by Melissa Hofstadter; Kandace Simpson, PHA Administrative Assistant was present.
Melissa gave an overview of the specific developments and goals for sites for 2020; the PHA receives approximately $1.5 million annually and has 2 years to obligate funds and 4 years to expend them.
Chairman Cannon opened the Oct 7 Monthly Meeting at 4:30 pm with Commissioners Renee Andrews and Kim Furness absent. There were four individuals who spoke during Community Comments.
At the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee meeting Sept 18, the waste receipt report from Waste Management showed a drop in landfill tonnage for August 2019 with the year-to-date waste at 113,582 tons compared to 120,091.64 tons in 2018.
Foth staff presented a report researching declining waste trends at the current Peoria City County Landfill 2 (PCCL2), which was requested by the Landfill Committee. Several interesting bar graphs comparing amounts of recycling by year and tonnage at the landfill along with other analyses reached the following conclusions:
All members were present at the September 10 meeting and arrived early. Minutes, expenses, and reimbursement for expenses related to the HAVA Security Grant were approved. Additional cameras, door access panels, software, and training have already been added. Director Tom Bride will also be asking for partial reimbursement for some County expenses that were pushed by election needs.
Staff is currently looking at ballot readers, and a Request For Purchase will go out once exact needs are determined. The State's Attorney was not present, but Director Bride reported that the County is getting close to a determination on the property tax issue (whether the landlord is responsible for real estate tax on the part of the building housing the election commission).
Irene Pritzker, Observer
Trustees unanimously approved three motions that will give the City of Peoria the ability to complete the Bike Trail Connection in Glen Oak Park.
Staff reports were given including a Strategic Plan Update by Executive Director Emily Cahill. The update included the following highlights:
Linda Daley convened the Aug 20 meeting at 4pm with all Board Members present - in person or on the phone.
Committee Members from the shaft 1866 Civil War Monument Committee presented the timeline of their work:
*March 6, 2019 – A contract was signed by Bruce Brown, as CWMC member, with Otto Baum Company, Inc. contracting this entity to perform and complete the engineering, design, restoration and re-erection work of the Civil War Monument Project.
*A number of the original stones were recovered and restored. Missing stones were reproduced by the company that made the original stones.
Budget for project $45,540. $31,100 has been paid to date with a remaining payment of $18,140 to be paid for erection of the monument. With respect to any future costs for maintenance or landscaping, the Authority Board was advised that there is a current surplus of $5,440 in the account, with an available Cat match in April of 2020 of $1950 for a total of $7,390.
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