Residents upset with proposed event plans at Expo Gardens

By Beau Ebenezer

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local fairground has stirred up a lot of commotion in a surrounding neighborhood.

Exposition Gardens was required to update their site plan with the City of Peoria after a new school parking lot put them in violation of the code.

Before the fairground was able to hold any special event.

But now, the city of Peoria will vote on what will be acceptable at the location.

Expo Gardens has asked the city for seven events outside of the Heart of Illinois Fair, which includes four tractor-pulls and a concert.

Residents said the loud events have disturbed their neighborhood for too long.

"The problem is the engines revving and the the announcers being very loud," said resident, Jennie Tylec. "Usually if it is going on, I will go back inside, and that is not fair to the neighbors."

"There needs to be muffler systems, and there needs to be sound barriers put up," said Peoria City Councilman, Jim Montelongo. "We need to have some more discussion on that and maybe have a little more research to see if that is possible."

The city will modify the proposal in the coming weeks.

Council members said they will vote on the final plan February 4th.

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