By Sharon McBride
The West Peoria Township annual meeting is 7:30 p.m. April 10, 2516 W. Rohmann Ave. Townships are mandated to hold an annual meetings to review the past year’s activities as well as plans for the current year. All voters are invited to attend.
Yard waste landscape pickup starts Friday April 6 and continues every Friday through the end of the year. Place your landscape waste, including bagged clipping and smaller bundled branches, at the curb for pick up. Large branches cannot be collected. Open burning is illegal in West Peoria. Leaves and grass clippings should not be blown into the streets because that can clog storm drains.
Garbage totes should be returned to their storage areas as soon as possible after pickup. To report code violations or to issue a complaint on any of the above, call the Code Enforcement Officer at 674-1993 or 370-1142.
One of the many positives about being in West Peoria is our very respected Boy Scout Troop 11. New to their roster of 69 hard-working, high achieving Scouts are Gabe Perry, whose project was a pollinator garden at Hollis Grade School, and Patrick Menke, whose project was a new message board and landscaping at St. Ann Church. Troop 11 Eagle Scouts have made our area and community better as well as shown their willingness to work hard, achieve and to participate in community projects. Boy Scout Troop 11 is led by Scout Master Robert DeSutter, 674-6668.
The West Peoria community wide yard sale, sponsored by the west Peoria Residents’ Association, will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19. If you are interested in participating and having your addressed posted on the Community Yard sale flyer, contact Maggie Moore, 673-0535. Flyers will be available throughout the community closer to the sale date.
Upcoming WPRA April meetings will be 6 p.m. April 11 in City Hall with guest speaker Aimee Shinall, victim Services Coordinator with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, speaking on “Beware of new scams and review the old scams.” The West Peoria Residents Association will meet 6 p.m. April 19 at City Hall. Clark Abraham, CEO Eco-Lawn Organics, will speak about organic lawn care.
West Peoria’s annual July Fourth parade is central Illinois’ longest running and attracts thousands to our community. A person is honored at the event each year who has a history and an impact on our community through public service, volunteer work or social work. Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should write a letter of recommendation and be sure to include contact information. No anonymous nominations are accepted. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org marked to the attention of Grand Marshal Nomination or they can be left at City Hall. Volunteers are needed to assist with parade.
The West Peoria does not permit people to go door-to-door soliciting sales. If you encounter this, contact the Peoria County Sheriff’s office at 672-6011 or City Hall at 674-1993.