In a unanimous decision, the Pekin City Council voted to begin repairing its current storm water system. This has been a continuing problem for the city but now residents have a time frame for when it should be fixed.
This fall, new inlets and grading alleys will be created to ease passage of runoff water. By 2020 the city’s drainage and sewer systems should be improved, which will limit flooding.
The entire project should be completed by 2022 and city leaders say there is a lot of work to do but they are happy to finally have a plan laid out.
“There’s a funding source for this and its just a little more reassuring for the public that their problem is going to get fixed,” said John Abel, Pekin City Council member. “Its on a schedule, they know where to look for it to get fixed, and they will be notified if there is any change to that.”
The project will cost the city $38,000 of capital funds to pay for material and equipment needed to solve the problem.