Good Morning-

City Hall may be closed to the public, but Community Development continues to work to support our neighborhoods, remove blight and protect property values. Especially as grass starts to grow, our Code Enforcement Inspectors are patrolling neighborhoods and addressing issues to keep our neighborhoods clean and safe. However, we still need your eyes and ears! If you notice an issue in your neighborhood with tires, litter, debris, or tall grass, please reach out to us through Peoria Cares by calling 309-494-2273 (CARE) or online at http://www.peoriagov.org/peoria-cares/. Please continue to reach out to us with any concerns you may have about your neighborhoods.

On a light-hearted note, Community Development has noticed that lot of the messaging around social distancing has been focused on what we cannot do while we stay at home to keep our neighbors safe. To shift the tone from what we cannot do to what we can do in quarantine, we’d like to share this short video created for AppreciatePeoria.com by former Neighborhood Enhancement Coordinator and current on-air talent for WWE Josiah Williams: http://appreciatepeoria.com/2020/04/a-special-message-from-the-community-development-department/

Luckily, there are a lot of things we can still do to stay engaged, stay safe, and give back to the community. This includes:

  • Cutting paper hearts and placing them in windows to remind neighbors that we are all in this together,
  • Supporting local businesses by ordering a gift card from a retailer, ordering delivery or curbside takeout from a restaurant, or leaving a positive review for a local business online,
  • Offering to help a neighbor remove branches after a storm or offering to mow their lawn especially essential workers who may be preoccupied with other stresses

To stay up to date with what is happening in Community Development and for more ideas on how to boost community engagement, please visit www.AppreciatePeoria.com and follow us on Instagram @AppreciatePeoria.

We hope that you continue to be there for one another and that we can continue to serve you through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your commitment to keeping our neighborhoods healthy and safe.  Please share this message with any of your other neighbors or members of your neighborhood association.

-Joe Dulin, Assistant Director of Community Development