The Pekin City Council took action on the following issues Monday:


1. Approved a $7,500 sponsorship in a 7-0 vote for the American Junior Golf Association 2018 Tournament.

The Council was told by Event Promoter Scott Phegley that Pekin Insurance and UnityPoint Health will pay the title sponsorship of $35,000 for this year’s event. The city’s money would be used for overages, if any.

The Council was so excited about the tournament coming to Pekin that some members wanted to amend the motion and agree to a three-year sponsorship, but some rules and regulations need to be examined before doing that.

The four-day event includes a 54-hole stroke play tournament featuring 96 golfers, ages 12 through 19, from around the world at the Pekin Country Club and hopefully the Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin in July 2018, said Phegley. The main golf event would be played at Pekin Country Club. Phegley would like for Lick Creek to host the preliminary qualifiers. If that doesn’t happen, other arrangements will be made.


2. Approved in a 7-0 vote 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 several years ago 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.

Pekin Police Chief John Dossey said new equipment and changes will need to be made to Pekin’s 911 center. Morton has a wall that can be removed to expand its facility.


3. Approved in a 6-1 vote vacating Sharon Avenue and converting it back to the tax roles. Councilman Michael Garrison voted no.

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. All utilities have signed off on vacating the street. The utilities will relocate, said City Engineer Mike Guerra.

Guerra said the company had bought up all of the property around Sharon Avenue. A parking lot will be installed this fall, said Guerra.

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