Peoria City Council considers outsourcing code enforcement services

By WEEK Producer

Peoria City Council considers outsourcing code enforcement services

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --There has been strong reaction to a proposal to outsource the City of Peoria's Code Enforcement services.

City officials were invited by Councilmembers Eric Turner and Chuck Weaver to discuss the matter at Thursday morning's breakfast chat.

Preliminary plans call for the city's housing inspectors to be replaced by a contractor.

The private contractor would be secured through the bidding process, with the goal of saving the city money, but not everyone likes the plan.

"I'm not for it at all," said Peoria resident Lavetta Ricca. "I feel like we at least have some control over the inspectors while we have it in house and every neighborhood person that I have talked to is not happy about this."

"Part of the reason we are looking at that is cost and another is performance, quite frankly," said City Manager Patrick Urich. "We really are looking at how we can improve our outcomes for our neighborhoods and knowing we have limited resources, we really want to look at how we can utilize the private sector in the delivery of services."

The Peoria City Council is expected to take up the issue of outsourcing code enforcement services during its next meeting.