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Peoria Decides Against Outsourcing Code Enforcement

After months of debating, the City of Peoria has decided not to outsource its code enforcement and building inspection services.
PEORIA - After months of debating, the City of Peoria has decided not to outsource its code enforcement and building inspection services.

 Leaders had said there were too many buildings in poor condition that sat empty and boarded up for too long, but Peoria residents spoke up along with the union workers saying they wanted to stick with the workers that they knew.

After weighing the options the city announced that it will continue to use the union workers, but city manager Patrick Urich said there will be an internal reorganization in order to make the city's services better.

“What that means is we are going to look at how we're delivering services. We're going to look at the way we're delivering services and see if there's ways we can do things differently,” Urich said.

AFSCME Council 31 staff representative Tim Lavelle said he’s happy with the city’s decision.

“The fact of the matter is, our people do it better, we do it quicker, we do it more cheaply obviously and that's why they're going to keep it in house,” he said.

Urich said no one is being let go at this point.
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