City works to clean up entryway into Peoria

By Alyssa Donovan

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.--An entryway into the city will soon be a lot more appealing.

City workers began a sweep of the Southern gateway into Peoria on Friday.

Public workers are cleaning up Adams, Jefferson, and Washington streets from the I-474 interchange towards the city.

Community development director for the city of Peoria, Ross Black says a dozen code enforcement and building inspectors are out in search of environmental violations.

Black, “Which would be weeds, litter, garbage, junk cars, bad fences on private property. If it's a vacant property than we would issue a work order and have a city contractor resolve that issue."

Black says if the property is occupied owners are given a warning notice and a limited amount of time to resolve the issue.

1st district Councilwoman Denise Moore says the sweep is part of a city wide initiative to make the entryways or 'front doors' into Peoria more inviting.

Councilwoman Moore said, "Now that we've done this we're going to be looking at all our front doors not just the southern gateway. When someone comes into your home and the first thing they see is your front door and your front door is a mess then they start getting a negative opinion about what might be going on behind that door. So we want to clean up our front door our entry to our city and show people that they are welcome here and we're about taking care of our business owners and our residents."

The southern gateway sweep is expected to last through the end of next week.

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