The Pekin City Council on Monday will consider hiring a firm to educate the public, among other things, about the need of a stormwater fee.

If the council approves the agreement, the city will pay Amec Foster Wheeler $11,987 to help update recommendations from a 2014 study, conduct public meetings, seek input on a credit manual, help draft the ordinance and assist in the billing plan.

In November 2011, the Council approved a resolution to participate in a regional stormwater study. The study was completed in April 2014.

The council requested at its June 13 meeting that meetings be held to educate the public and allow for questions about the need for a fee to fund stormwater operations. The council, at that time, tabled a resolution establishing a $4.90 monthly fee for residential property.

The agreement will assist the city with crafting an outreach plan, facilitate two public meetings and accompany the city to six ratepayer meetings to discuss the need for stormwater funding and the possibility of a fee. The company will help establish a method of charging businesses for stormwater.

The council in April approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget with the provision that a stormwater fee will be established through a resolution for a fee.

According to City Treasurer Jim Wolf’s 2016 Year End Report, the city has a deficit of $404,684.

Property that is 3,300-square-feet larger will have an adjusted rate. The combined residential and large property fees would put the fund in the black by about $587,000. Currently stormwater costs are now paid from the general fund.

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