City of East Peoria State of the City 2014

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Information about City of East Peoria State of the City 2014
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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: prczar



Learn how East Peoria fared in 2013 and what's in the works for 2014, presented March 7, 2014 during the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce's Eggs & Issues breakfast meeting. Every city department reviewed accomplishments and detailed future projects.

2014 STATE OF THE CITY Mayor Dave Mingus Commissioner Dan Decker Commissioner Gary Densberger Commissioner Tim Jeffers Commissioner Chad Joos

Growth spurt

“Getting by”

Up-to-date and effective!

City Administrator Tom Brimberry

23,402 Residents 9,000 Households 650 Businesses with 8,000 Employees 125 Schools & Churches Total Operating Budget: $38 Million (May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 Fiscal Year)

CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIES 1. 2. 3. 4. Develop the riverfront & new downtown Enhance public safety Invest in public infrastructure Achieve economic development throughout the City, including Robein/Sunnyland 5. Ensure responsive, responsible government 6. Create a high quality of life for residents

City Clerk Morgan Cadwalader

Function The City Clerk's office performs a variety of functions vital to city government. Attends all Council meetings Prepare meeting agendas and minutes Conducts voter registration Issues applications for various permits and licenses Handles Freedom of Information inquiries Administers updates of the city code Files official municipal documents with Tazewell County and other governmental entities. Keeper of the city seal and certifies and attests that official signatures are on municipal documents

Accomplishments/Duties Keeper of the Records Increased use of electronic documents Historical versions of the City Code online and quicker updates to the online City Code; updating City Code Issue various licenses and permits Increase in licensing and permitting due to growth Changes made to special permitting to address changes in the Levee District Access to many applications online and email licensing and renewals FOIA & Open Meetings Act Officer Increased website transparency Addressing in the Levee District and around the City Human Resources

Goals Continued transparency effort Development and implementation of automated licensing and renewal information Increased communications with other departments to ensure licensing compliance to improve efficiency and reduce errors Continued updating of City Code

Chief of Police Dick Ganschow

The Police Department consists of:  Uniformed patrol division  Investigations division  Communications  Command staff From these divisions the department has:  bicycle officers  motorcycle officers  tactical officers belonging to the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team (CIERT), the ILEAS statewide tactical response team  truck enforcement officers  K-9 unit  Honor Guard There are currently two officers tasked out to specialized units, one with the Multi County Enforcement Group, and one with the Central Illinois Cybercrimes Unit with the FBI.

November 17, 2013 On November 17, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. East Peoria Dispatch Center sets off tornado sirens. At 11:00 a.m. on duty officer reports tornado near Pinecrest. Within minutes additional officers and dispatchers respond to assist. Within an hour, the East Peoria Police Department had over thirty units on scene at various locations within the city. Most responded before even being called. By the time a few weeks had passed and areas were declared secured, the Police Department had expended some 2,500 man hours just toward tornado response.

2013 Police Department Statistics Over 26,000 calls for service received in 2013! Traffic - 6391 traffic stops Arrests - 1674 arrests made Response – 753 alarms, fights, etc.

Dispatch received a much needed upgrade!

Photos courtesy of East Peoria Times Courier

Our Motorcycle Officers and our K-9 Unit.

Director of Buildings & Public Property Robert Cole

Energy Efficiency Programs to Date Applied and received over $380,00.00 in grants and Incentives for Energy Efficiency Programs for City Facilities. Reduced Total Energy Consumption by 30% since 2007. Instrumental in Electrical Aggregation Program. Recycled over 10 tons of paper and metals. Will continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle for the City of East Peoria.

Information Technology Implemented Citizen based web portal/ mobile app for City service requests (Access East Peoria). Completed upgrades in technology services for City Facilities. Implemented Recycling Program for Electronic devices. PC replacement project – Replaced obsolete computers throughout the city. Network backbone upgrade – Began installation of fiber through iTV3 at city facilities. Activated and set up charging stations in Levee District.

Code Enforcement & Building Inspections Upgrading Code Enforcement Programs to be more efficient. Implemented Citizen based Web Portal/ Mobile APP for City service requests (Access East Peoria) Code Enforcement Working with City departments on information sharing for transparency in government. Expanding training for Code Enforcement and Inspections.

EAST PEORIA IS BRINGING MOBILE TO MAIN STREET! Partnering with PublicStuff, a CRM software company to launch a new digital communications solution called Access East Peoria. People can submit service requests on the fly from their iPhone, Blackberry and Android smartphones or on the web and Access important city information regarding events, emergency alerts and more. City workers will have direct communication with residents to resolve issues through the backend software system powered by PublicStuff. To download the app on your smartphone, please click the appropriate link on your device

East Peoria Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Darin 4/17/13 – Lightning strikes a warehouse on Cass Street during an extremely severe storm, kicking off a year of a flood, drought and tornado – and the Fire Department was there through it all serving East Peoria!

Calls by District 3,439 Total Calls for Service *Station 4 also changed quarters to Central House 636 times when Central and Station 3 were out on simultaneous incidents. We had 824 simultaneous calls, or 24% of our incidents.

Coverage Area

Call Statistics About 24% of the time we have to handle simultaneous incidents

2013 Call Highlights 48 building fires 30 brush or grass fires – again, it was a very hot, dry summer! 145 motor vehicle accidents 35 extrications of victims from vehicles 2,369 transports to the emergency room 34 ambulance intercepts with other agencies 20 vehicle fires

Top 10 Calls - 2013

Top Calls 2013 vs. 2012

A Decade of Call Data

We Serve our Community Fire prevention programs for youth Free monthly car seat checks Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector program Commercial business inspection program

We Train, and Train, and Train! Continuous training both in the classroom and out in the field

We’ve Come a Long Way … And our mission remains the same: We fight fires …

And … We save lives!

Department of Public Works Steve Ferguson, Director Jackie Harrmann, Superintendent Waste Water, Solid Waste, and Recycling Ray Roese, Superintendent of Water Ric Semonski, Superintendent of Streets

PUBLIC WORKS 2014 Streets – roadway and storm sewers Solid waste -- garbage and recycling Mechanics -- equipment and vehicles Water -- treat and distribute clean and safe drinking water Sanitary sewer – receive, treat and dispose of wastewater in a sanitary manner

Completed in 2013 1 billion gallons of drinking water made 2 billion gallons of sewage treated $1 million in street maintenance performed 18 million pounds of trash and recycling collected Converted all 8100 water meters to Radio-Read meters. Made a major repair of a Digester at Waste Water Treatment Plant No.1. Implementing mandatory garbage toter system. Built the new Spinder Bridge over Farm Creek

To serve Levee District traffic, Spinder Drive was completed on September 1, 2013.

WE DEALT WITH NATURAL DISASTERS: Drought Major Flood/Landslides Tornado Many Snowstorms Extreme Cold Many Water Main Breaks & Frozen Pipes

We react to natural disasters. THE FLOOD APRIL 19, 2013


We caught this fish swimming Eastbound on Camp Street



GOAL: Start The Design Of A New Intersection At River Road & Camp Street Investigated best way to improve intersection, best alternative was constructing a roundabout Preliminary engineering is ongoing to assure that we are shovel ready if funding becomes available. We submitted this project to PPUATS, the local transportation funding mechanism.


USE OF RADIO-READ WATER METERS Increased efficiency: 2 men 5days/week reduced to 1 man in 2-4 Days Eliminated Estimated Bills Saved manpower

IMPLEMENT ALL TOTER GARBAGE COLLECTION SYSTEM Reduced cost of collection by increased efficiency Reduced injuries to employees Animal proof Weather proof

Department of Planning & Community Development Ty Livingston, Director

Regional & County Plans Focus on job creation, wages, business growth, tourism, and quality of life East Peoria well-positioned for tourism, transportation logistics, hospitality and retail City’s plan will focus on elements of regional and county plans

City-Wide Future Development

RiverFront & Levee District Sites

Levee District Future Development Anchor projects (Holiday Inn, Clock Tower Place, Fondulac District Library, Costco & Target site) have been completed Interest from hospitality developers as well as some multi-family Seeking residential, mixed-used and multi-story development to complement area Public Spaces – civic triangle, improved connections to trail system Sculpture & Historic Walk

Sculpture Walk Concept

Hiking/Biking Trails Working with local group on improved signage Expanding to on-street network to make connections Camp Street Linear Park/Trail

At present, it’s a very unattractive view!

A future aerial shot?

A possible view from the street?

And now for the good stuff! Recently Opened: Panda Express Aldi But who’s coming next? trips

Coming Soon… Shoe Department Encore Chick-Fil-A Lane Bryant McDonald’s Popeye’s Diva Nails Carter’s More exciting announcements on the way!

Department of Tourism & Special Events Doug McCarty, Director


“Wally” Jaquet Festival of Lights Volunteer 29 Years!!

2014 Festival of Lights 30th Anniversary Expansion, New Attractions, Some Old Favorites!! Festival of Lights Parade – Saturday, November 22 Winter Wonderland – November 27 – December 31 FOLEPI River Trail Classic – November 29 FOLEPI Gifts Galore – December (TBD) FOLEPI Get Lit – December 31 Queen Pageant – TBD Find FOLEPI Ornament Hunt- Starts December

2014 EastSide Centre Events IESA State Track Meets Over 21,000 Spectators 6,000 Athletes May 16, 17, 23, 24 IHSA State Softball Championships Over 7,000 Spectators Top 8 Teams in the State June 6, 7, 13, 14 NSA State Championships Over 160 Teams June 27-29, July 4-6 New in 2014… NAIA Inaugural Sports Showcase – June 20-22 (1,000 Athletes/300 Coaches) Legit Softball Skills Academy – June 24 & 25 (over 200 softball players)

Easter Seals Run, Walk, and Roll Saturday, April 19, 2014 1 mile walk 4 mile run Levee District – East Peoria

Arts on the Promenade – June 2014 Central Illinois Cruisers – Summer 2014 (Par-A-Dice & Levee District)

Farmers Markets – Fridays June – September 2014 Crittenton Centers Kids’ Day – July 26

Flying Fish Festival July 11-12, 2014 East Peoria Riverfront

TOURISM & SPECIAL EVENTS - 2014 700 Travel Teams and over 9,000 Travel Team Families Track Meets of 6,000 Athletes and 21,000 fans 7,000 Hotel Rooms 2,500 Games Played at EastSide 30th Anniversary of Festival of Lights 20,000 Vehicles thru Winter Wonderland Thousands More Viewing the Parade of Lights The Largest Fireworks Display in Illinois Millions of Dollars Spent in our Community Many New and Exciting Special Events… Give us all plenty to see and do in East Peoria in 2014!

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