The council members set dates for policy meetings to discuss redistricting of city of Peoria based on 2020 census results. Meetings are scheduled January 18, February 1 and 15, March 1, 15, and 29th. Check www.peoriagov.org for more details on how to attend one of these virtual sessions. The goal is for districts to be nearly equal in population, compact, contiguous, respect geographic boundaries and shared interests, and preserve incumbent districts.
Emily Cahill, Director of Peoria Park District, presented overview of $600,00.00 of updates scheduled for Trewyn Park to include playground, basketball court, and shelter to provide public space for quality social activity.
Consent Agenda was passed with one exception; one item deferred for two weeks for clarification prior to approving contract for demolition of properties. Presentations from Peoria Police Department and Fire Department were received by Council. Reports gave overview of department hiring, attrition and retention over past year, as well as diversity demographics.
Council members continue to discuss concerns regarding potential parking, noise levels and overcrowding, regarding approval of short-term rentals in Uplands neighborhood. Mayor Ali reminded the councilors that policies have been developed to address saturation in neighborhoods and encouraged members to be consistent with this.
Under new business, Councilman Kelly asked for report back on program requiring landlords to register rental property with focus on the impact of program on available, quality housing. It was noted this program started twenty-five years ago.
Three citizens addressed council with complaints regarding condition of city streets after January 1 snowstorm and public safety issues.
Connie Romanus, Observer
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