The Pekin City Council approved all of the following items on a short agenda Monday:
1. Approved the use of Pekin employees for the Tazewell County Consolidated Communication Agency for a 12-month trial period for up to 50 employees, full and part-time, for payroll services, accounts payable, human resources and human resources assistance to the director of TP3, the new 911 center.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill in 2015 requiring counties with under 250,000 in population to reduce 911 centers to no more than two. Tazewell County had four. As it stands now, the Tazewell/Pekin Consolidated Communications Center handles 911 calls for the Sheriff’s Department, Pekin Police Department and 32 other agencies. East Peoria, Morton and Washington operate their own 911 systems. Creve Coeur is covered by East Peoria.
The new system will keep the dispatch center for Tazewell County, Pekin, and 32 agencies in Pekin. East Peoria, Washington and Morton will be consolidated into one based in Morton at an enlarged police headquarters.
City Manager Tony Carson said the city has provided services to the 911 center in Pekin previously, but not to this degree. It was paid $7,000 in the past payroll for services only.
2. Approved a Hometown Hero Banner Program along Parkway Drive from Sheridan Road to Court Street.
The city will pay for labor to put up and take down the banners, and store them, but the family or agency wanting the banner must make the purchase from America’s Gold Star Families.
The banners will honor any loss of life while serving active duty or MIA military personnel.
The banners would hang from city-owned light posts, said Carson. The Parkway Drive area is the only area with enough poles owned by the city to accommodate the program.
3. Approved an amendment to a contract with Hanson Professional Services for the replacement of the taxiway lighting and associated electrical regulator in the amount of $30,101, bringing the engineering costs to $71,696. The project took an additional 28 calendar days more than the 35 days contracted.
The project was shut down last June during the state budget impasse. The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved the amendment.