What you missed at Peoria City Council on Tuesday night

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Peoria City Council, which met at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, adopted several items on the agenda.

Passed as an ordinance, the City of Peoria will now have automated traffic violations with respect to Peoria Public School (PPS) buses. PPS buses will have cameras on their stop arms, catching every car breaking the stop sign, causing a traffic violation for those who don’t follow the sign.

Stop weapon violations will cost $ 300 for the first violation, and $ 1,000 for each violation thereafter.

Four buildings, now authorized to be Airbnb. One on North Indiana Avenue, another on North Brooks Lane, one on North Linnhill Court and the last one on North Parkside Drive.

Some council members, however, are unhappy that more people are congregating in these small neighborhoods.

“The large number of guests allowed due to parking issues oppose this making sense for the neighborhood, installing a mini-hotel with the density we have in the Parkside Drive area,” said board member Chuck Grayeb.

Board member Grayeb pushed for a motion to turn down one of the Airbnbs, and some board members agreed.

“What we’re doing with all of this, I think is irresponsible. We are finicky, we are arbitrary, nobody knows how it’s going to turn out, ”said board member John Kelly.

Grayeb board members Denise Jackson and Beth Jensen voted against Airbnb.

The council unanimously passed a $ 600,000 rehabilitation for Trewyn Park using money from the COVID-19 grant. The park will receive renovations and updates, expanding and improving the outdoor space to make it a safer environment with COVID-19.

Emily Cahill, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Peoria Park District, said, “People use this park in different ways. So to be able to provide shelter to that, to be able to really support and encourage quality social activity in this space is something that, again, we appreciate your willingness to work with us to do that.

Cahill said the plan is to add a new playground, relocate the basketball court to a flatter part of the park, and bring shelter to the park to support and encourage quality social interactions.

The park will be rehabilitated by the end of 2022.

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