The Pekin City Council Monday unanimously approved a land lease agreement for the purpose of constructing a solar project at Pekin Municipal Airport.

Pekin Assistant City Manager Mark Rothert said the agreement with the Peoria-based non-profit organization Hawk-Attollo, LLC will span 20 years. The city will lease 10 acres at the airport to Hawk-Attollo at a rate of $1,000 per acre for the first year, with an increase of four-and-a-half percent for each subsequent year.

“The solar project will produce energy to the grid, which will allow the city to purchase energy at a reduced rate,” Rothert added. “This will provide a savings of around $16,000. So, the lease will have a total benefit of around $26,000.”

The council also denied a Special Use request to establish a dog daycare home occupation use for less than three animals at a private residence at 1102 Chestnut St. Pekin City Council Member John Abel cast the lone dissenting vote.

“If (the homeowner was) just a pet owner, she could have all the dogs she wants,” said Abel. “We all know people who have three or four dogs and a couple of cats. That’s just how some families go. Now that the homeowner’s made a business of it, she’s having problems. I heard from two different people who do the same thing on the side who have dog-sat for years. They’re afraid that the city is coming after them.”

In other business, the City Council unanimously approved an annual investment of $25,000 for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, a site plan review for the construction of a parking lot at 313 S. 6th St., and a resolution that made an addendum to an agreement between the city of Pekin and the commercial and industrial building operation DMGL, LLC. Ordnance No. 2801-18/19, which amends Title 3, Chapter 3 of the Code of the City of Pekin 1995 Regarding Restrictions of Issuance of License to sell liquor, passed by a vote of 6-1, with Pekin City Council Member Lloyd Orrick casting the only “no” vote.

The City Council concluded the evening’s business by unanimously approving a resolution with the initiative to enter into an employment agreement with Rothert to serve as Interim City Manager.