1. The Pekin City Council on Monday will recognize the Pekin Police Explorers for its performance at the Illinois Law Enforcement Exploring Conference 2017.
The explorers won five awards — Sgt. Cody Sutter received first place in the computerized firearms training simulator and second place in live fire; Officer Billie Ingles placed second in the advisor bicycle obstacle course; and the group received third place in domestic situations and third place in felony suspect arrest.
The event took place from July 30 through Aug. 4 in Romeoville. There were 250 competitors and 75 teams that participated from around the state. Explorers Chief Steven Miller, Lt. Jeff Little, Sgt. Robert Taylor and explorer Ethan Vinzon also participated.
2. The Council will consider the purchase of 10 Tasers, holsters, batteries and warranty for the Pekin Police Department.
The equipment will cost $14,154. The money was approved in this year’s budget. The city previously purchased from Taser, but Axon bought out Taser. The city will now buy from Axon/Taser. The Tasers will have a five-year warranty. The purchase will enable sergeants to be added to the list of personnel carrying the devices, according to information in the Council packet.
Police Chief John Dossey said in his memo to Council that Axon is the “sole source vendor for the less lethal option we are seeking to acquire.” Dossey said the Tasers reduce officer injury, workman’s compensation and suspect injury.
3. The Traffic Safety Committee has recommended a moratorium on the two-hour parking limit in downtown Pekin.
If approved, a six-month trial period would begin to assess parking downtown without restrictions, according to Council meeting documents. The moratorium is the result of businesses seeking a better parking solution for customers who need to spend more time in the more service oriented downtown.
Some downtown business owners are concerned with the idea of no parking limit because people may leave their cars downtown overnight after a night of drinking in local bars or Tazewell County employees may leave their vehicles on the street all day. If problems arise during the trial, changes can be made.
4. City Engineer Mike Guerra will give a presentation of the Front Street Project, the road that grain processors, barge companies and other industries use for commerce along the Illinois River.
Front Street is in serious need of repair. The Council will consider an agreement not to exceed a $600,000 agreement with Hanson for the engineering for the project, according to Council documents. Hundreds of trucks use the road each day.
In addition, Guerra will do a review of Court Street issues — where the city is at, the history of a study on rehabilitating the street, among other things. Court Street will become city property in the future. The city has been looking at how it would like to revamp the street since the state let it fall into disrepair.
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