Tazewell County news briefs

East Peoria residents who recycle should order the city’s new wheeled recycling toter.  The purchase of the new toter must be made before July 1. (Photo courtesy of East Peoria)


City needs volunteers for development committee

There are two development projects that need steering committee volunteers.  Grow Delavan will be working with the City of Delavan to facilitate these projects, but additional members are needed to get these projects off the ground.  Both of these projects will offer benefits to the residents of Delavan.

Alternative Transportation Plan for Delavan:  The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) has agreed to work with Delavan on exploring a draft plan for development of biking, pedestrians, and transit to connect Delavan with the surrounding communities and a larger bike/pedestrian/transit network.

There has already been an expressed need for bike routes leading to and from Delavan.  The expected timeline for the committee is 11 months with a conclusion in June 2020.  The steering committee would help with developing plans and routes that would be adopted by the City of Delavan and the TARP.

Grocery Store Co-Op Plans:  Following the positive results of the community meeting in January regarding a future small-scale grocery store, the need for a steering committee to formulate plans and help this project move forward was determined to be the next step.

If either of these projects sound like something with which you would like to be involved, contact Joe Flint (joe@growdelavan.org) or Matt Fick (mfick@delavanil.org).


Jazzercise is hosting a 50th Anniversary

East Peoria Jazzercise is hosting a 50th Anniversary class on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 9:00 am at the FonDuLac Park District Building, 201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria.  The public is welcome to attend this free class, followed by a social time with light breakfast foods.

In 2019 Jazzercise, Inc., the company that catapulted “aerobic dance” to notoriety in the 1980’s, becomes the first-ever dance fitness brand to celebrate the 50-year mark. The always-evolving program was created in the Chicagoland area in 1969 by Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett.

Today, the company boasts 8,300 franchisees in 32 countries.

City accepting bids on residential lots

Seven city-owned residential lots are being sold by a sealed bidding process. Each lot is vacant, unoccupied and open for public inspection. All bids must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office before 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

For a look at the properties available, go to https://www.cityofeastpeoria.com/DocumentCenter/View/718/Maps-of-Properties.

Wheeled toters replacing current recycling bins

East Peoria residents who recycle should order the city’s new wheeled recycling toter.

East Peoria’s recycling program is voluntary. The only mandatory part of the program is the purchase of the new toter before July 1. The 96-gallon toters cost $60 and have bright blue lids to signal they contain material for recycling.

Residents can purchase a toter online, using our secure, convenient system provided through the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. Accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard. No additional fees are charged for paying online.

The Public Works office is automatically notified to deliver your toter once you have made your purchase.

They can also be ordered and paid for at East Peoria City Hall, 401 W. Washington St.

Residents should purchase the new toter soon because Public Works cannot guarantee delivery by the July 1 deadline for orders placed after May 31.

The new recycling toters replace the 18-gallon red or blue recycling bins. Glass is accepted for recycling in the new toter.

Those who have several garbage toters have the option of painting a toter lid blue, thus making it a recycling toter and eliminating the need to order one. The paint we recommend is Rust-oleum Gloss Brilliant Blue spray paint.

Once they have received their new 96-gallon recycling toter, residents can use the small bins for storing their recycling material or keep them for personal use.

East Peoria Green Team is encouraging East Peoria residents to consider returning their old red/blue recycle bins to Public Works.

The bins will be donated to ICC to use in their dorms and at other sites on campus. We also are hoping that District 86 will take as many as the teachers and principals can use. As you can imagine we could potentially reuse many bins. All you need to do is bring them empty and clean to:

Public Works Department

2232 E Washington St.

East Peoria

From there they will be dispersed as requested by the East Peoria Green Team.


Snyder Village completes major renovation plan

Snyder Village opened in 1988 with 61 health care beds, six retirement cottages, and six apartments.

Over the last 31 years, the campus has grown to the current 106 health care beds, 65 assisted living units, 39 retirement apartments, and 170 cottages.

Major renovations estimated at $2.6 million have been completed for all areas of the Health Center.

Snyder Village has improved its facilities and services with a goal of remaining at the forefront of senior care in the Tri-County area.

Renovations include improvement of living spaces, the addition of bistro-style dining areas, the creation of a central “town center”, the addition of nurses’ stations, and the formation of space for resident activities.

These improvements help in creating more of a neighborhood atmosphere to enrich the lives of residents and ensure that Snyder Village is a place that they can call home.

To celebrate the completion of these notable improvements, Snyder Village will be hosting a ribbon cutting and open house for the public at the Health Center, 1200 E Partridge St., Metamora. The ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

Tours of the facility will take place following the ribbon cutting until 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


 Finding your family’s military records

Learn what military records may reveal and how to access those records online for your genealogical research.

Many resources are free to use; explore the ones we recommend under the guidance of the Pekin Public Library’s local history expert.

The program will be held Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the library, 301 S 4th St., Pekin.

Seating will be limited so reserve your seat ahead of time at www.pekinpubliclibrary.org


 ICC offers summer sports camps

ICC will extend its strong athletic tradition to elementary and high school-aged athletes this summer with a variety of sports camps aimed at providing instruction and individual attention, along with fun competitions, to help improve skills. The College’s veteran coaches will offer high-caliber camps in girls’ & boys’ basketball, volleyball, softball, and baseball.  Participants also can choose from specialty camps for volleyball and girls’ basketball advanced skills.

All camps will be hosted at the CougarPlex on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

For more information or to register, go online to icc.edu/athletics/camps or contact the ICC Athletics Department at 309-694-5426.