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Where the Rails Cross the River

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

mayorimageOctober 13, 2020

At our last Council meeting, the City’s Bike Path Task Force gave an update of progress and presented a more complete plan showing the various path routes. The goal is to have a masterplan done in time for a grant submission on November 2, 2020. This is an exciting project, but an expensive one…. However, the price for the City’s 20% match for the grant is now a maximum of $300,000, over maybe four years, rather than the $600,000 previously reported.

The City, along with Peoria County and other regional government entities, work through a consultant to “aggregate” our populations and receive bids from energy companies. The low bidder was again Homefield Energy as an alternate supplier for your residence’s electricity provider. If you haven’t already, you will soon be receiving a letter from Homefield which will show you the rate per kWh that they will guarantee for a given time frame. When you receive the letter, check their rate against the rate that is shown on your current bill. The letter is an “opt-out” letter. So, if their rate is lower than your current provider, do nothing. If your current rate is lower, you should “opt out” to keep your current rate. It’s a chance to save a few bucks!

Halloween is right around the corner! Many of you will be participating in door-to-door trick or treating so I thought I would pass on some COVID guidelines. The suggested time frame is from 5pm to 8pm. Remember keep your distance and to wear a mask – your Halloween mask is probably not the same as a protective mask. Only household members should trick-or-treat together. Do not enter homes you do not know and stay away from eating food that is not pre-packaged. If a home doesn’t have their porch light on, that probably means they would rather you didn’t knock on their door; and, they probably don’t have candy!

The leaves are turning color! They’re beautiful! The bad news is that they are also falling to the ground…. So, as a reminder, open burning is now allowed. But the landscape waste drop-off by Moffitt Park is preferred, if possible. And, when you are raking or blowing your leaves, please try not to push then into the street and to storm sewer. Doing so can create street flooding in your neighborhood.

In one of my past articles, I explained that IDOT required us to remove the welcome signs at both ends of town…. Someone reading my article suggested we re-purpose the sign by installing it by the river front. Great idea! Go take a look!

Everyone’s attention is on the November elections. But, don’t forget about the local elections next April. If you love this community and are interested is serving your City, I urge you to get an election packet off of the City’s web site, and throw your hat in the ring.

Remember - wear your mask and keep your distance…. I notice we are all getting a little complacent, mostly around people we know. Let’s get back to normal!

That’s all for this time. See you around town!

Don

       

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