The Pekin City Council unanimously approved resolutions to enter into master service agreements for storm water-related projects with three engineering firms at Monday’s meeting.

“The agreement is for consultants to assist us on storm water projects as prioritized by the City Council,” said Pekin City Engineer Mike Guerra. “We went out for proposals and received several. Upon review of those proposals, three rose to the top.”

The master service agreements with the Farnsworth Group Inc.; Crawford, Murphy & Tilly; and Midwest Engineering Associates Inc. will allow the city to issue task orders on specific projects to any of three consultants selected, Guerra said. If a problem arises on a project that delays a project or if the city is not satisfied with the work by the any of the consultants, remaining projects can be assigned to the other consultants. 

The council also unanimously approved a $25 increase in the lease rate for T-hangars at Pekin Municipal Airport. The increase, the first at the airport since 2014, will raise the monthly lease rate from $150 to $175.

“Looking at other airports in the region: Marshall County charges $75 a month for their cheapest T-hangars and $235 for their nicest, Mount Hawley is at $157, and the Greater Peoria Airport has a range of different rates from $98 to $190,” said Todd Dugan, Pekin Municipal Airport manager. “This increase will put us right around the top in the area.”

Pekin City Council member John Abel believes that the lease rate increase may have been overdue because the increased revenue has the potential to improve the airport’s financial circumstances.

“We’ve been whittling away and getting the airport almost into the black,” he said. “Todd Dugan’s been doing a great job of that, and we’re getting closer and closer each year. We know there is a waiting list for hangars, which means there is a demand for them. We should have maybe eased the rent higher before, so I think it’s a good thing that we’re doing it now.”

In other business, the council unanimously voted to approve three occupancy license agreements with Tazewell and Peoria Railroad for the installation of new Combination Sewer Outfall interceptor sewers, and they also voted to approve an agency agreement with Illinois Department of Transportation for design engineering on Front Street. The City Council also unanimously voted to approve a governmental lease-purchase agreement with TCF Finance for the purchase of a Tymco street sweeper.