Monday’s meeting afforded the Pekin City Council a likelihood to hold a preliminary discussion on the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

The act, signed into law by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June, legalizes the possession and private use of cannabis for men and women 21 years of age or older. The new law permits municipalities to implement regulatory provisions which includes prohibiting the sale of adult-use cannabis.

“This is the initial (dialogue), I believe, the council will have on this item to talk about no matter whether legalized cannabis for recreational purposes is anything the neighborhood desires to engage in and proceed with,” mentioned Pekin City Manager Mark Rothert. “There are particular measures we have to have to take as a nearby government to signifiy that we are a neighborhood that does want or does not want to have recreational cannabis. I know other communities in our area have taken related measures. This is our turn”

The council voted on a resolution to enter into a lease amendment with Illinois Central College (ICC) with regards to city-owned house at 225 Hanna Dr., Pekin. ICC initially leased the house in 2008 to produce a south campus. The lease has been extended various instances, according to Rothert. The present lease expired in June, and the college has remained in the facility on a month-to-month basis.

The amendment will extend the term of the lease by way of June 30, 2024. ICC will spend a rent of $25,000 to the city for every single year of the extended term and will have the alternative to obtain the house outright. The resolution passed by a six-1 margin, with Council member Rick Hilst casting the dissenting vote.

In other business enterprise, the council unanimously voted to reject a Pekin Program Commission recommendation to deny a petition to rezone house at 904 N. Tenth St. from a single-loved ones residential to two-loved ones residential The council also rejected the Program Commission’s recommendation to deny a petition for the city to vacate alleys on Derby Street and Twelfth Street in Pekin by a six-1 margin, with Council member Karem Hohimer casting the opposing vote.

The council unanimously authorized a internet site program for the building of an automatic auto wash at 2900 Court St., Pekin. Also meeting unanimous approval have been an ordinance to adopt the Illinois Car Code an ordinance amending the Code of the City of Pekin that permits for an appeal approach for these who apply for peddler licenses and are denied: and an authorization to devote $36,460.12 in budgeted funds for network licensing.