PEKIN — 1. The Pekin Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 in City Council Chambers to discuss the possible elimination of time limits on parking in downtown Pekin.
City Manager Tony Carson said he is making the recommendation for a six month trial after a committee of downtown business owners met with him. Carson has previously said he would recommend a possible three hour limit with zones. If a person exhausted the time limit and moved the car to another parking spot, they would be ticketed. The committee will consider the suggestion, make a recommendation to Council and Council will decide.
“I don’t know what the result will be,” said Carson. “At the end of six months, we may come back and have to put some kind of restriction on because there could be abuses of people just putting their car downtown for eight hours and not moving it. At this point, it’s to see input.”
2. The Pekin City Council on Monday will consider a parking ban on South Fifth Street from Koch Street to Hanna Drive to stop people from parking their for sporting events at the Pekin Park District Spurts Complex. The Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
Fifth Street is a narrow road with no shoulders. It has houses on one side opposite the sports complex. In the evening, people come their for softball, soccer and football. It has two large parking lots, but people park on the narrow street, because it’s closer to the ball diamonds. Cars have to pull into the oncoming lanes as people get out of their cars and unload equipment. The cars are not moved after being unloaded.
Pekin Park District Police Chief Tom Conlin said the park went to the city for help after residents in that area complained about difficulties navigating around spectators, players and cars. When he checked the parking lots, there were 50 to 60 empty spaces that people could have parked in.
3. The Council will also consider renewal of the employee assistance program master services agreement with Chestnut Global Partners.
The city started with the company in 2005. The program provides counseling and referral services to help employees and their families with personal and professional issues. The company provides training sessions, monthly publications, and website access with articles and self-assessments. It aids in incident debriefing.
The service is funded through the insurance fund. The cost is $10,164.
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