The Pekin City Council on Monday approved several items including an annexation request, annual street projects, economic development dues and a downtown redevelopment option for businesses.
1. Cranwill’s Drive-In
Cranwill’s Drive-In, located at 1713 S. Second St., Pekin, was annexed to the city of Pekin at Monday’s Pekin City Council meeting in a 6-0 vote.
The owners of the business, Kirk Cranwill and Carla Cranwill, said in their application for annexation that they wanted to have city sewers and fire protection. They also said that, “We would be a true part of Pekin and could promote our business as such and would be a positive asset to Pekin.” The Pekin Planning Commission recommended the annexation.
The business is zoned Business Residential. Previously when it was outside the city limits, it was zoned Tazewell County Residential. The owners will have to pay all permits fees and the cost of hooking up to the sewer system. The city will benefit from the annexation as well when it collects additional food and beverage tax and property tax.
2. Economic development
Approved payment of the $25,000 in annual dues to the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. The Council vote was 6-0.
The city has been affiliated with the GPEDC for more than 10 years. The organizations shares data and resources with the city, providing project and business assistance. The organization brings state, federal, and international awareness to the region, said Katie Shackelford, city planner.
The organization made a presentation to the Council a few months ago.
Pekin City Manager Tony Carson said, “My position on when we have agencies coming in front of Council is they need to present it to Council, and whatever Council decision is, I go from that. That’s really their job to convince Council and make sure the Council is supportive of the applications and the need.”
3. Awnings and signs
The Council approved a pilot program for grants up to $2,500. The business owner would have to match the grants.
“It’s for signage and awnings, and again, just to improve the downtown area utilizing the TIF funds,” said Carson. “The projects have to be done by Oct. 31, so we have a very short period of time for the applicancy, to get this in and approved and go forward. “We really want to see some significant changes over the months and going forward.”
The city moved forward with several projects in recent months — outdoor seating, picnic tables and bike racks. The city will start work this week on new crosswalks that have a historic flare.
4. Allentown Road
The Council approved in a 6-0 vote an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to use federal funds to fix a dangerous curve on Allentown Road.
The federal grant is a 90/10 grant — the federal government pays for 90 percent of the project, or $453,600, and the city pays 10 percent, or $50,400. The funding was awarded in 2014. There have been accidents at the curve, one resulting in a fatality.
The project is supposed to be let by IDOT in time for the fall construction season.
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