The Pekin City Council will consider the following action Monday:
1. The approval of a $7,500 sponsorship for the American Junior Golf Association 2018 Tournament. The money would come from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.
The four-day event includes a 54-hole stroke play tournament featuring 96 golfers ages 12 through 19 from around the world. There will be a tournament practice round, a qualifier and Junior-Am, and a social event. It will take place at the Pekin Country Club and the Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin. The event will take place in July 2018. According to a memo to Council from City Planner Katy Shackelford, the event has the potential to attract regional and national media attention.
This is the first year for the event in Pekin. The AJGA hosts tournaments around the country every year.
2. The approval of an intergovernmental agreement between Pekin, East Peoria, Washington, Morton, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department and the Tazewell County Emergency Telephone System Board.
The state of Illinois mandated the consolidation of 911 centers so that there are only two in each county. The agreement will allow the groups to move forward with plans for a 911 center in Morton, dissolve the current Tazewell Pekin Consolidated Communications Center Board and implement one governing board for both call centers, according to information provided to the Council. The agreement has to be sent to the state of Illinois for approval, according to TPCCC Communications Director Tammy Conover.
The Council’s information packet says the consolidation of the centers could lower costs for police and fire dispatch.
3. Consider vacating Sharon Avenue and converting it back to the tax roles.
Sharon Avenue is located to the east of Pekin Insurance off of Court Street. Vacating the street would mean that the city no longer has to maintain it or remove snow.
In a memo to Council, John Labegue, Pekin Building and Inspections director, said that vacating the street would increase the taxable value of the company’s property there. All of the property adjacent to the street is owned by Pekin Insurance.
Pekin Insurance CEO Scott Martin said the company plans to place a parking lot there. He said the company removed houses there.
4. Consider an agreement with Hanson Professional Services in the amount of $90,140 for the engineering design phase of the electrical vault, replacement of the remainder of the airfield lighting and additional work.
The federal government will pay 95 percent of the cost, so the city will be responsible for $4,507. Many of the components to be replaced are 35 years old. The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved the costs of the agreement.
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