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Airport electrical work approved

Some much-needed electrical work at the aging Pekin Municipal Airport got a kickstart after the Pekin City Council approved funds for engineering plans Monday.
The initial plans for replacing the taxiway lighting and an associated electrical regulator passed in a 6-1 vote and are to be conducted by Hanson Engineering and the Illinois Department of Transportation. They are not to exceed $76,348. However, the city will only have to pay 5 percent of those costs, which will amount to about $3,800
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The Pekin Airport is an important and unique asset for our community.  It's the only airport in our county.  It serves and supports the activities of many employers and industries, including agricultural.  The City Council made the right decision to move forward with the improvement to this infrastructure.  And, it's a bargain - the City's share is only 5% of the cost.
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Possible port in Pekin to be subject of new study

Possible port in Pekin to be subject of new study | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
PEKIN — After the last effort to establish a port in Pekin along the Illinois River slowed, a new study will examine whether the idea could be of use to the area’s industry.
A possible port on the Illinois River along Front Street will be part of a new study conducted by several area organizations that will look at the logistics as a whole for the port. The City Council approved spending $10,000 on the $90,000 study in a 5-2 vote Monday.
In 2012, The Heart of Illinois Regional Port
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Council approves budget

The city of Pekin will have a budget for its next fiscal year with no changes to its garbage fees, and yard waste will remain available to the residents.
The budget was approved by a 5-2 vote from the City Council Thursday.
Although it won’t be a balanced budget, like the one presented at Monday’s meeting, the Council was able to get a majority vote. The fiscal year 2016-17 budget will have a revenue after expenses of $343,890 compared to the 2015-16 budget of $1,096. The
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Tazewell County's new auditor might end up with fewer duties, less pay

PEKIN — After being elected in November, Tazewell County’s new auditor may have a slimmer list of duties and a significantly smaller paycheck.
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Pekin city manager search has not started

Pekin city manager search has not started | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
The search for a replacement for Pekin City Manager Darin Girdler has not yet started.
Girdler resigned on Jan. 28 with a severance package that included $72,000.
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Styling up downtown: Muse Salon receives TIF funds for storefront remodel

Styling up downtown: Muse Salon receives TIF funds for storefront remodel | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
It’s been about three months into 2016 and the latest Tax Increment Financing project for downtown Pekin has been approved by the City Council and is under construction. Muse Salon at 429 Court St. recently was approved for $4,525 to be used to remodel its storefront to attract additional business and possibly bring in more employees. Owner Karen Walker, who moved her business downtown about two years ago, said the upgrade to the business will hopefully bring more attention to it.
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Council hears Court Street proposals

Council hears Court Street proposals | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
Court Street may be getting a makeover, or at least the Pekin City Council discussed the possibility of it Monday night. Hanson Engineering gave a presentation to the City Council Monday night to discuss several different options of what may happen to Court Street. The proposals from the engineering firm were split into five different sections, running from Ann Eliza and Margaret Streets to Veterans Drive — about 3 miles of roadway throughout the city. Several issues pertaining to the
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Newcomb to serve as interim city manager

Newcomb to serve as interim city manager | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

Sarah Newcomb will have a few more extra responsibilities for the city of Pekin after the city council approved her role as the interim city manager Monday.
Newcomb was selected in a 5-2 vote Monday, with Councilmen Mark Luft and Tim Golden...

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Pekin City Council's support for March Madness Experience a $5,000 slam dunk

Pekin City Council's support for March Madness Experience a $5,000 slam dunk | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
PEKIN — After several discussions at regularly scheduled meetings in August and September, and one special meeting, the Pekin City Council approved a $5,000 payment to the IHSA for the March Madness Experience basketball tournament. The vote passed 6-1 and almost all council members praised the event, which will be March 10-19 in Peoria. The $5,000 will come from the city’s hotel/motel fund. In 2014, the council voted down the $5,000 payment and in 2015, Pekin’s tourism
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Pekin city manager decision delayed again

Pekin city manager decision delayed again | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Pekin City Council on Monday declined to take any action concerning City Manager Darin Girdler.

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City manager placed on leave

City manager placed on leave | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
During an executive session at the Pekin City Council meeting Monday night, City Manager Darin Girdler was placed on paid administrative leave.
“At the conclusion of the executive session last night, I requested Mr.
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Towns say tourism tax a good deal

Towns say tourism tax a good deal | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

Officials from the four Tazewell County communities that send hotel/motel tax revenue to the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau annually say it’s money well spent.
Washington was the latest community to renew its agreement.

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City seeks 4.9 percent levy increase

City seeks 4.9 percent levy increase | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

Pekin City Manager Darin Girdler is proposing a 4.9-percent increase for the city’s 2015 levy to fund approximately $300,000 in street work.
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Police could oversee code enforcement

Pekin’s code enforcement could soon be under the direction of the city’s police department, officials said, following the passage of the 2016-2017 budget.
The Code Enforcement Department currently only has three full-time employees that work code enforcement and building inspections. Interim City Manager Sarah Newcomb said the department at the moment has two unfilled positions that could be filled to solely focus on code enforcement, while the three positions already filled would
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Tazewell County Board tweaks duties of next auditor, reduces salary

PEKIN — Tazewell County’s next auditor will come into office with fewer duties to handle, and a smaller salary to boot.
The Tazewell County Board voted 16-4 Wednesday to shift a hefty portion of duties performed by the previous auditor — namely purchasing and budgeting — back to the county administrator’s office.
For years, current Auditor Vicki Grashoff has been handling those duties, which were neither accounted for in her salary nor demanded by statute.
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Outside firm will search for city manager

The first step in selecting a new city manager is underway after the Pekin City Council approved Monday an outside firm to conduct the search.
Former City Manager Darin Girdler resigned Jan. 28. His replacement should be selected by the council by fall, city officials said.
A request for proposal will be sent out by Interim City Manager Sarah Newcomb to select a firm for the search, which will cost about $20,000.
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After six years with the city of Pekin, Brown takes top job in Morton

After six years with the city of Pekin, Brown takes top job in Morton | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
Pekin Economic Development Coordinator Leigh Ann Brown has accepted a job as Morton’s Executive Director of the Morton Chamber of Commerce and the Morton Economic Development Council.
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Pekin code enforcement officer resigns following 'Hoarders' investigation

Pekin code enforcement officer resigns following 'Hoarders' investigation | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
Pekin Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector Ron Sieh has resigned his position with the city after an investigation by police and the city manager.
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City efficiency study postponed

City efficiency study postponed | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

An efficiency study for the city of Pekin will have to be put on hold after the City Council requested more information Monday.
The study, which was first discussed by Councilman Lloyd Orrick in June, will look at how the city can evaluate its...

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Pekin council to discuss city manager contract, new Veterans Drive crossing

Pekin council to discuss city manager contract, new Veterans Drive crossing | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
PEKIN — The City Council on Monday will consider a contract for an interim city manager, a railroad crossing to complete the Veterans Drive project between South Fifth Street and Illinois Route 29 and an efficiency study of city departments. Interim city manager The council appointed Sarah Newcomb as the interim city manager at its Feb. 1 meeting to take the place of former City Manager Darin Girdler. The agreement between the city and Newcomb establishes a salary of $10,416.66 per month
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Interim city manager could be appointed Monday

Interim city manager could be appointed Monday | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
With no city manager in position overseeing the departments, the Pekin City Council has a chance to select an interim manager Monday. Since Thursday, when the city council approved a severance agreement with City Manager Darin Girdler with a 7-0 vote, a special meeting has been called to take possible action on the city manager position. “(Thursday) was a tough decision to reach, obviously, but now we can breathe a little easier with moving forward and getting back into routine,”
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Darin Girdler resigning as Pekin city manager

Darin Girdler resigning as Pekin city manager | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it
PEKIN — Effective Feb. 4, Darin Girdler will no longer be the city manager for Pekin. The City Council voted 7-0 to accept his terms for resignation during a special meeting Thursday night. The process, which can be traced back to September, consisted of several executive sessions that ended with an agreement between the city and Girdler. Girdler has been city manager since June 23, 2014, with his contract expiring June 30, 2017. Girdler has been on leave since Jan. 12. Since then, the
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Status of city manager to be discussed tonight

Status of city manager to be discussed tonight | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

A special meeting called by the Pekin City Council will be held tonight to discuss City Manager Darin Girdler’s future with the city.
The council will vote to go into a closed, executive session to discuss an employee matter and, “litigation...

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Council hears IHSA presentation

Council hears IHSA presentation | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

When a neighboring city hosts the largest high school sporting event in the state, everyone does their part.
That’s what two representatives of the steering committee for the March Madness Experience told the Pekin City Council...

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Council rejects proposed levy increase

Council rejects proposed levy increase | Pekin Business Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Pekin City Council on Monday abandoned a proposed 4.9 percent levy increase that would have provided the city with $300,000 for street maintenance and improvement.
The council voted 6-1 to adopt a zero percent levy increase instead, with...

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