Peoria City Council Observer Report
Council members approved consent agenda -thirteen items- unanimously, as well as minutes of April 12, 2022 joint city council and township minutes.
Communication from City Manager Urich to approve intergovernmental agreement to establish public health equity fund between city, Peoria County and Peoria County Board of Health of $600,000 over four years. Goal to address health and safety outcomes in impoverished areas. Mayor Ali suggested presentation of plan as it is developed.
Communication from City Manager and Director of Community Development presented to approve amending comprehensive plan that includes East Bluff Housing Needs Assessment and Community Revitalization Plan. Plan supported by third district Councilor Riggenbach and passed by ten to one vote, John Kelly opposed.
Council passed ordinance to amend Chapter 31 of Code of City of Peoria relating to stormwater utility fee. This allows for property owners who are able to prove all stormwater was retained on property may be eligible for additional reduction in fee. This application process requires submission of engineering reports and other paperwork.
Finance Director Cratty presented overview of pension fund structures in Illinois and ongoing consolidation of police and fire pensions. See minutes at www.peoriaorg.gov for full discussion.
Continued concerns regarding panhandling at intersections and public safety had the attention of the council and citizens. Interim Corporation Counsel Kapustka gave presentation on existing state laws and ordinances related to this issue, as well as provided options being used by other municipalities.
City Manager Urich communicated information on predicted Ameren energy rate increases related to Regional Energy Supply Auction on April 14, 2022. The current contract with City will expire at end of May 2022, resulting in energy purchases on volatile market. More information is anticipated over next few weeks. Rate increases raised from $5.00/megawatt to $236.00/megawatt and could result in consumer expense increase of $500.00 per year.
The Peoria City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 P.M. You can listen on WCBU radio, view on public access channel 22 or watch online https://peoriail.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
Connie Romanus, Observer
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