Linda Daley chaired the meeting
· The meeting was convened, no additions were made to the agenda and the April 16 Minutes were approved.
· Mark Matusak presented the Manager’s Report
· CloudPoint staff are on premises training staff.
· Grounds Staff are very busy trimming and mowing between rain storms.
· The Prairie Gardens site is complete and the media plan has been activated. The News Conference/Ribbon Cutting is planned for May 31 at 10:30.
The Peoria City/County Municipal Landfill Committee (Solid Waste Committee) met the third Wednesday, May 15th at 3 p.m. at City Hall. Items of note included that the Foth Engineering budget was slightly over expected expenditures because of the unexpected previous month IEPA Bureau of Air inspection and documents request.
For April, 10,000 gallons of landfill leachate were transported off-site (to the Greater Peoria Sanitary District)
for treatment and discharge.
Newly installed solar powered sump pumps are running and are expected to help pull off more landfill leachate.
Work is also proceeding for installation of a new gas flare control system which will improve management of the landfill off-gassing.
Landfill waste receipts were again down for the previous month. Year 2019 shows 49,493.97 tons received through April compared to 53,064.63 in 2018.
Joyce Blumenshine, Observer
Commissioner LaColis Reed was late, and Commissioner Sandra Burke was absent.
The Board approved training pay for election judges to rise from the current $25 to $35, dependent on the approval of the 2020 budget. This would bring judges' pay in line with the pay raise in Tazewell County and encourage attendance at training sessions.
Approval was also granted for using part of the Election Security Grant to add two indoor cameras and two access control doors in the Election Commission office and warehouse. This will cost $8840 of the $36,000 grant, still allowing for future needs.
Also approved was the use of election data by Larry Aspin for a study of cumulative voting. (The League is hoping to use Larry's expertise in its study.)
The Peoria County Board met on its regular second Thursday of the month, which was May 9th, at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the County Building.
Although there were five proclamations and presentations, the actual meeting agenda was comparatively short. Most items were contained in the Consent Agenda and were approved. There were several other business items and a zoning approval. There was recognition of Allen Mayer at the end of the meeting, as the announcement was official of his resignation from the Board effective the following week. He and his family are moving to Springfield because of his job. His years of service on the County Board were noted with multiple statements of thanks. His leadership in many key efforts and improvements for the County were praised. Allen's wife Carey was present in the audience and they were given many comments of appreciation.
Joyce Blumenshine, Observer
The PHA Board of Commissioners regular meeting was held May 6, 2019 at the Frank Campbell Community Center, 312 S. Merriman, Peoria. The meeting started on time at 4:30 pm. All members were present.
A resident of Sterling Towers spoke during the Community Comments time; he was very complimentary to staff member who has assisted many of the residents and was concerned about changes in employee roles.
Hedy Elliot Gardner recognized memorial garden at Harrison Homes; thanked volunteers, maintenance staff for assistance in project. She also expressed concern regarding Trespass List sent from PHA Security and how list is updated. PHA Office can assist with how list is updated.
Appointment of Kadar Heffner as Commissioner and Treasurer was made. Minutes of the regular session of April 1, 2019 were approved.
Director Jackie Newman requested that regular monthly meetings be changed to PHA office, 100 S. Richard Pryor Place. PHA offices have been remodeled and have space for these meetings.
Director Newman reported PHA continues to focus on updating internal operations, policies and procedures to meet federal guidelines.
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