Mayor ensures open discussions on possible code enforcement outsourcing

By Audrey Williams

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Peoria City Code Enforcement workers are asking the Mayor to uphold his promise of a transparent process while the city looks into possibly outsourcing their jobs.

Ahead of Monday night's city council meeting, union workers and community members, again, rallied against the idea to outsource about 20 Code enforcement jobs to another agency.

Tim Lavelle, Staff Representative with AFSCME Council 31 asked the Mayor to stay true to his comments, to have public discussions before the city council votes on the issue. The Mayor said, that indeed would happen.

"All we're asking for is for all interested parties to have an opportunity to speak their minds so that they'd have the best information available to make their decision," said Lavelle.

Mayor Ardis said, "There's been a lot of information floating that the decision has been made, it's a done deal, it's over. Folks, we're just beginning. I just want to ensure everyone that the discussion will be full, it will be open, it will be transparent and the decision won't be made until everyone has had an opportunity to express their concerns."

There is no word on when those discussions could take place.

Monday night, the Council also approved Crittenton Centers receive more than $285,000 in Southtown TIF money for renovation projects.

The Council also voted to move their regularly scheduled April 9th meeting to Monday April 8th due to the election.