Pekin residents will have opportunities in the coming months to see city properties and equipment up close, giving them a better indication, in some cases, of where their tax dollars are going.
“It gives people, if they are interested, the opportunity to get involved with the city,” said City Manager Tony Carson. “It allows people to get more information from the standpoint of where their tax dollars are going.”
Last year, the city completed a $60 million renovation and addition to its wastewater treatment plant. There will be a guided tour of the plant from noon to 2 p.m. on July 29. A bus will transport people from the Pekin Municipal Building to the plant.
The Pekin Police Department and Pekin Fire Department will hold a touch-the-truck event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the 4-H Shelter in Mineral Springs Park.
The event will allow people “to get familiar with the different vehicles the police and fire (departments) have,” said Carson. “The canine unit will be there. And we will have activities for children, (and there will also be) snow cones and hotdogs.
“There’s really not a lot (to see) if you take them to facilities. To me, it’s more about the apparatuses that they have.”
The city is awaiting delivery of four new solid waste trucks. Once those vehicles arrive the city will host an event featuring the new garbage trucks. Carson expects that event to be held in September or October.
“It will give people the chance to look and see the difference in what we’ve got now and what we’re going to be using in the future,” he said.
Solid Waste Department Superintendent Bob Shaw said the program will give people an idea of what is needed to run the garbage services.
“It’s a good idea to show the taxpayers what they bought,” said Shaw. “We’re running 13- and 14-year-old trucks that are in the shop 70 percent of the time.
“The new trucks will have Cummings Motors rather than Internationals. They are quieter and in the past I have found you don’t have as many issues with them.”
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