“What just happened?” Beijing Mayor Mark Luft asked after an unusually short Beijing City Council meeting on Monday. The meeting lasted just over half an hour and contained just four new business items.
The board unanimously approved an agreement with Schwartz Electric for underground location services. The company will help the city locate underground power lines for municipal street lights, as required for incoming requests for utility location information for excavators (JULIE).
According to Beijing City Manager Mark Rothert, the city had performed its own underground tracking services in the past. However, recent increases in activity and the reallocation of municipal staff have created a need to outsource services.
âJULIE’s locations are an important service that must be provided for construction projects,â said Rothert. âSo it’s not something that we just can’t do. We have to provide the service.
Rothert added that Schwartz Electric has provided the city with on-call electrical tracking services in the past and that the company is familiar with municipal street lights. Schwartz will receive locate requests from JULIE for the city and determine whether or not a site locate is required. If the services are required, Schwartz will charge the city $ 105 per hour.
A resolution to provide $ 20,000 in annual support to the Greater Peoria Economic Development Board was passed by a 6 to 1 margin, with board member Rick Hilst dissenting. The city of Beijing has collaborated with GPEDC over the past decade to bolster economic growth through business aid and attraction, workforce development, and regional marketing.
â(GPEDC) worked really hard,â Luft said. â(Chris, CEO of GPEDC) Setti does a great job and has a good staff by his side. Let’s not forget the GPEDC for (Amazon’s fulfillment center) coming up (in the region). I think, especially over the past two years, that they have shown their value and their teamwork with the surrounding region.
The council also unanimously adopted two amendments to the Beijing City Code. One ordinance increases the membership of the Beijing City Beautification Committee from five to seven, while the other provides for the regulation and enforcement of small wireless installations, updating the city code with the regulations. current requirements of the Federal Communications Commission.