The city’s downtown district will remain free of its former two-hour parking limit for at least six more months if the City Council approves that recommendation Monday.

The council also will vote on a revised Chronic Nuisance Ordinance that would cover all properties, including owner-occupied homes and businesses as well as rental properties.

Those issues top an agenda that also includes Pekin’s role in the next stage for meeting a state mandate to consolidate the 911 emergency service systems serving Tazewell County.

Parking hours

Motorists have been permitted since August to park throughout the day on the city’s downtown-area main and side streets as the city measured what impact that had on access to businesses and government buildings, including the Tazewell County Courthouse.

Earlier last summer, City Manager Tony Carson said he was considering a toughened version of the two-hour parking limit. Motorists would have found tickets on their windshields even if they moved their vehicles from one parking spot to another in the district.

After hearing objections to that tightened restriction, Carson and the city Traffic Safety Committee called for a six-month moratorium on all regular parking limits in the district. They’ve heard only positive responses from business owners, Carson said.

To measure the moratorium’s impact through the winter and spring months, he’ll recommend the moratorium remain in place through next August.

Nuisance Ordinance

Last summer, Police Chief John Dossey began crafting revisions to the city law that carries ordinance violations for rental properties and their occupants that produce repeated calls to police and city inspectors about criminal activities and dilapidated conditions.

He’ll present the Council on Monday with modifications that would expand enforcement to virtually all properties, and with tougher potential penalties.

The revised code identifies 27 nuisance and criminal activities that could be addressed by the city hearing officer, some of them by police enforcement as well. A property could be cited as a chronic nuisance after two independent complaints within six months, rather than the current four.

911 System

The Council also is expected to approve $25,000 as its share in advance funding for the formation of two consolidated 911 response systems covering Tazewell. Equal amounts will come from Morton, East Peoria, Washington and Tazewell County.

The state is requiring consolidation of the four systems now operating in the county. Funds to operate the two systems are expected to come primarily from funds the participating agencies generate from user fees.