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No. The firefighters are responsible for supplying their own food.
No. But occasionally the Fire Department will fill dunk tanks at public events for churches or schools.
In 2014 the City was rated by the ISO (Insurance Services Office) group. The City's current ISO rating is a 3.
To arrange a tour, call 309-698-4741, and the phone will be answered by a firefighter. He or she will ask the date you would like to have a tour and check the calendar for that day.
A speaker from the Fire Department can be scheduled by calling the Department's administrative assistant at 309-427-7768. She will leave a message with one of the assistant chiefs, who will return the call and then schedule a speaker.
Stop by any fire station, and the firefighters will be able to take your blood pressure, free of charge.
This happens for several reasons:
There are actually specific reasons why we are unable to completely shut down the fire engines and ambulances every time that they are not in the stations.
The City's fire and emergency medical vehicles carry a wide array of important equipment used to treat patients, fight fires and communicate with each other. Many of these items, especially the medications and sensitive and expensive medical devices we carry, would be subject to damage in certain temperature extremes. In the summer it is necessary to keep these items cool and in the winter it is necessary to keep them warm to ensure that the electronic equipment will operate properly and the medications will not suffer the ill effects of dramatic temperature changes.
In addition to the concerns over weather conditions, a large number of items on the fire engines and ambulances require a constant charge to guarantee optimal and prolonged use. This includes but is not limited to suction units for clearing a patient's airway, thermal imaging cameras for seeing through smoke, portable radios for communication, spare batteries for cutting tools, on-board dispatch computers and flashlights for rescue operations.
In general, a larger diesel engine like those found in emergency vehicles requires more electricity to start than a standard gasoline or diesel engine that is not designed for this purpose. In addition, the electrical drain on a standard diesel operated engine, a dump truck for example, is much less than on a fire engine or ambulance for the reasons noted above. If the engines and ambulances are shut down completely for lengthy periods of time, without an outside power source, there is a slight possibility of them not starting again when needed. We do try to shut them down whenever the amount of time and temperature conditions will allow but these instances are less common than not and occur on a case-by-case basis. Manually shutting down each and every piece of equipment that causes a drain on the system is simply not possible.
When the emergency vehicles are in the station they are always plugged into a power source to keep the equipment and batteries charged, but when the vehicles are out of the station they need to rely on the power generated by allowing the vehicles to idle or run when parked.
It is our duty to the citizens to ensure that we are always operating at optimal levels when responding to emergency calls. There are times, however, when our emergency vehicles are required to be out of the station on training seminars, business pre-plans and inspections, hydrant maintenance and a litany of other "non-emergency" functions. The tools and equipment we use require us to leave the vehicles "idling" or running during these tasks unless it is for a very brief amount of time or certain other conditions are met that will allow for a shut down.
No. All persons who receive financial help through the EPHA made an application when the wait list was opened and have waited their turn on the list.
Yes. Landlords may utilize their own lease agreements or they can choose to utilize the EPHA model lease. If you decide to use your own lease agreement, there must be a provision in it for automatic continuation of the lease terms after the initial required one-year lease period.
Our vacancy list is a means of free advertising. You may list it on our vacancy list by calling the office at 698-4718 and providing this information about the unit:
You may also email LaToya Brown.
Yes. To some degree, we can give you information about the family statistics and if they are in compliance with their obligations under our housing program. If you want information about whether they pay their rent on time or cause property damage, etc., you must contact their current and/or previous landlord.
You cannot charge more than the unit would bring on the open market. We do have payment standard guidelines according to family size. A family can rent a unit that is above their payment standard; however, they will pay the difference dollar for dollar. At the point that they would be spending more than 40% of their income, use of the unit would be denied. Also, the higher rent must be reasonable compared to similar units on the open market.
No. We do not inspect units until you have a voucher family selected and the preliminary paperwork is turned in (Request for Tenancy Approval). We do a preliminary calculation to be sure the rent amount does not cost the family more than 40% of their income. Inspections are usually scheduled within three to five working days from the date the Request for Tenancy Approval form is submitted to the EPHA office.
No. We encourage you to screen the tenant and collect a full deposit. It is also permissible for you to collect an extra amount as a pet deposit. You are not permitted to collect a deposit that is above the customary practice for our geographical area. One month's rent is, for the most part, the standard customary practice.
Of course, you should screen the potential tenant based upon past patterns of behavior of property damages and timely rental payments. You should also review your policy on visitors, their frequency, and if and how long they may spend the night. You also will want to review your policies about pets and fees for late rent payments.
No. We have established the maximum the family can afford based upon their income. Asking them to pay extra amounts not stated on the lease agreement is considered fraud.
Yes. All rents are due on the first of each month. What we see most is a flat fee, usually $25, if rent is not paid by the fifth of the month. Our experience with daily rate penalties is that it leaves room for argument if the penalty is assessed from the second or the sixth.
No. We still expect our landlords to be the landlord and take responsibility for enforcing the lease agreement. If the situation warrants eviction, as the landlord you must follow procedures as established by state statute. We do require you to give our office copies of any eviction or termination notices you serve. In some cases, we can assist with problems, especially if it is a violation of our program rules.
The Great Schools website was developed to enable parents to access a wealth of information regarding schools in their communities, so they can make informed educational choices for their children. Search by state (Ilinois), then type in East Peoria, and information on all the schools will appear.
A person makes an application when the wait list is opened. The wait list only opens when the current list is depleted. There is no way to determine how long the current list will last, because new people are called from the list only when current participants go off the program. You may contact the office at 309-698-4718 occasionally to inquire, or watch the Sunday Journal Star and the East Peoria Times-Courier for a legal notice announcing the date applications will be accepted.
No. However, you will have to live in our area for at least one year when you are called from the wait list for participation.
A person/household must be under the income guidelines established by HUD and must not have violated any other obligations while participating in any federally funded housing programs. Registered sex offenders are not eligible to participate.
The EPHA operates a Housing Choice Voucher program, which means we do not own any of the property rented by our clients. All clients rent on the open market from private landlords, and we simply help with paying the rent based upon their income.
The Project Based Voucher program is for persons 55 years old and older, whose income is no more than 60% of the area's medium income, and who want to live at Leisure Acres, Phase I in Sunnyland. Leisure Acres is an apartment complex of 100 one-bedroom and efficiency-size apartments.
For persons or couples that are 55 years or older, applications are accepted on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. through noon. To complete the paperwork, the applicant must come to the Housing Authority's office located at:401 W Washington StreetEast Peoria, IL 61611
Eligible persons who physically can not come into the office may request an application be mailed, or may have someone pick up an application for them during the application time. Applicants' names are placed on the wait list according to the date and time their application is made and accepted.
A participant may not rent a unit owned by a parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, or child of any member of the family, unless the EPHA determines that renting such would provide a reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with a disability.
The U.S. Department of HUD has established a formula. You pay a portion of the rent based upon household income, and the EPHA pays the difference directly to the landlord. The minimum required tenant contribution is 30% of the adjusted income. The maximum permitted is 40% of the household income.
No. For the Section 8 Voucher program, it is the client's responsibility to locate a housing unit. You may check newspaper ads, bulletin boards in various establishments, drive around looking for rental signs, or check the EPHA vacancy list. This list is simply a service the EPHA offers, where landlords who may want to place their property with our agency can advertise. The landlord will screen potential tenants for suitability. For the Project Based Program at Leisure Acres, the EPHA will designate an apartment.
No. Our designated jurisdiction is the corporate city limits of East Peoria. We will, however, work with surrounding communities provided they are still within Tazewell County. Areas such as Pekin, South Pekin, Mackinaw and Manito are too far away.
No, we offer rental assistance only.
No, it is impossible for us to determine the length of time prior to being housed. We are only able to call a new participant from the wait list when a current participant leaves the program, thereby freeing up funds for the next person. We have no way of knowing when a current participant will be going off the program.
The police department does not issue orders of protection. The orders are only issued through the courts and signed off on by a judge, which empowers the police to enforce the remedies of the order. A person just needs to go to the court house and ask where they can speak with a domestic violence advocate about getting an order of protection application.
In this case, you as the complainant can at any time sign a city ordinance complaint against the owner of the dog. This requires meeting with an officer when you call in the complaint, and signing the ticket as the complainant. When the ticket is scheduled to go to court you will be notified by the court to come and testify if needed. In the event that you prefer not to sign the complaint, officers will attempt to contact the owner of the dog to advise them of the complaint and ask that they rectify the problem.
Filing of charges against a person is the responsibility of the State's Attorney. Officers will respond to your issue and if warranted they will write a report and forward it to the State's Attorney for review for possible charges. If probable cause for an arrest exists from the investigation of the scene, the officer can arrest a suspect, take them to jail, and write the report. Again, the ultimate responsibility for filing official charges rests with the State's Attorney's Office.
Officer conduct complaints are a very important issue. A person wanting to file a complaint against an officer can call and speak to the officer's supervisor. A person can also come to the East Peoria Police Department and fill out a sworn complaint form with factual information pertaining to the specific incident. That form is then forwarded through the officer's supervisor up the chain of command for further investigation.
Your first step is to take away the thief's ability to do further damage by freezing the account they are using, or cancelling any card they have gotten in your name. You then need to notify police for a report and have all the information ready for them that lead you to believe your identity was stolen. Once you file your report with the police department you need to contact one of the three credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your account. The standard alert is for 90 days and will flag any attempts to open new accounts with your information.
The East Peoria Police Department does fingerprinting for limited things such as liquor license applications, security clearances for military units, and background investigations on new hires for both police and fire.
Appointments for solicitor's permits must be made by calling Lisa Kelch at the Police Department, 309-427-7703.
The Freedom of Information Act website includes the forms for requesting information from the police department.
View the City of East Peoria's Code of Ordinances.
Protecting yourself against ID theft is a necessity in this computer age.
The East Peoria Police Department does not go door to door or solicit over the phone. If somebody calls requesting funds from you, claiming to be the police department do not give them any information or agree to any funding. Please notify us if you are contacted so that we can attempt to end the scam quickly.