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Mayor's Office

The City of Washington would like to thank everyone for their dedication to this community and for all the undertaken efforts that have been and will be ongoing in our community for quite some time.

mayor gary manierWe look forward to rebuilding together and are thankful for everyone who has shown their support from near and far.

One team. One town. One country. One heart. Washington Strong. #ALLIN4WASHINGTON

Over the past decade, Washington has been among the fastest growing communities in central Illinois: 1,500 new housing starts, new commercial construction totaling about 900,000 square feet, and a 40% growth in population. We are pleased that so many families have chosen to make Washington home.

The addition of Five Points Washington is among our community’s most notable accomplishments. Dedicated in 2007, Five Points Washington features a performing arts auditorium; a public library; an aquatics center; a banquet center; and a state of the art recreation, wellness and fitness area. The project was a collaborative enterprise involving a not-for-profit corporation, four units of local government and many civic-minded donors and volunteers. Five Points has become the focal point for learning, recreation, entertainment and social interaction.

While we are rightfully proud of our traditions and recent accomplishments, we are confident that our best is yet to come. If you are a new resident, we encourage you to partner with us in crafting our future. If you are looking for a new place to call home, consider Washington.

Together we can...together we will!

Gary W. Manier, Mayor

City Council

Mayor Manier
Mayor
Gary W. Manier
Bob Brucks Mike Brownfield Carol Moss Alderman
Ward I
Bob Brucks
Ward I
Mike Brownfield
Ward II
Carol Moss
Ward II
Brett Adams
Dave Dingledine Brian Butler Jim Gee Alderman
Ward III
Dave Dingledine
Ward III
Brian Butler
Ward IV
Jim Gee
Ward IV
Daniel Cobb

This link will take you to our active Ward map if you are unsure of which Ward you reside in.

Committee Assignments

Finance & Personnel

  • Bob Brucks, Chairman
  • Mayor Gary Manier
  • Daniel Cobb

Public Safety

  • Brian Butler, Chairman
  • Carol Moss
  • Brett Adams

Public Works

  • Mike Brownfield, Chairman
  • Dave Dingledine
  • Jim Gee

Additional Contacts

City Clerk

Term: 2017-2021

The City Clerk is responsible for keeping the official records of the City. This includes all meeting minutes, ordinances, contracts, and resolutions.

The Clerk maintains custody, control, filing, and storage of all these records and other written and recorded documents and materials pertaining to the operation of the City.

The City Clerk attends and takes the minutes of the regular and special City Council meetings, Committee of the Whole meetings, Executive Session meetings, and Public Hearings. The Clerk also serves as secretary to the Planning & Zoning Commission and Liquor Control Commission, as well as taking and keeping meeting minutes.

The City Clerk is the administrator of Glendale Cemetery and keeps and maintains all records associated with the cemetery, including the purchasing of lots and burial transactions.

Several other duties include:

  • Updating and Maintaining the Municipal Code;
  • Serves at Freedom of Information Act Officer for the City;
  • Serves as Local Election Official;
  • Registers Citizens to Vote;
  • Acts as Notary;
  • Administers a Variety of Licenses and Permits Including Liquor Licenses, Video Gaming Licenses, Fireworks Permits, and Raffle Permits;
  • Coordinates, Prepares, and Mails City Quarterly Newsletter; and
  • Maintains Information on City Website.

The City Clerk provides prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable service, continues to ensure proper implementation of the law, and provides effective access to official records and distribution of information. The Clerk strives to maintain a professional office using modern technology, which in turn assists in working efficiently while focusing on fiscal responsibility. The Clerk also keeps up-to-date on changing laws, state statutes, and legislation by focusing on continued education courses offered through the Municipal Clerks of Illinois as well as the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

City Treasurer

Term: 2017 - 2021

Welcome!

The City Treasurer is an elected official with a four year term of office.  Primary duties include receiving all money belonging to the city and keeping books and accounts in a manner prescribed by ordinances of the city.  The Treasurer shall deposit funds and produce an annual report for the corporate authorities.

For more information, please contact our office.

City Administrator

Responsibility

The City Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible to the Mayor and City Council for the proper administration of day-to-day operations.

Appointment

The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the City Council.  Jim Culotta was unanimously selected City Administrator on November 2, 2015.  As City Administrator, Jim also serves on the Liquor Control Commission, the Police Supervisor Selection Committee, and the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area Transportation Study Policy Committee (MPO).

Education

Jim received a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Norbert College.

Professional Affiliations

Jim is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA) and is also a Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM).  He currently serves on ICMA's Award Evaluation Panel. The following ICMA video highlights the role of professional local government managers.

Finance

The Finance Department has oversight over all revenue collections and expenditure payments which comprise the City's $31.7 million annual budget.

This Department provides customer service for the City, collects water and sewer utility payments, and is responsible for the following activities:

  • Cash Management
  • Financial Reporting/Management Information Systems
  • Purchasing and Disbursements
  • Billing and Collection
  • Payroll/Human Resources
  • Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance
  • Municipal Services Support
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City Cemetery

Effective May 19, 2003, City personnel will perform all excavations for burials taking place at Glendale Cemetery.

A concrete vault must be used for full burial. Such a vault is not required for burial in the infant section or for cremations.

The planting of all trees, bushes, shrubs and other woody plants of any type is prohibited in Glendale Cemetery, except by authorized city personnel. This woody plant restriction applies to both the public areas of the cemetery and private burial plots. The city has a long-term landscaping and tree planting plan for the cemetery grounds and accepts cash donations to help defray planting and landscaping costs.

The planting of non-woody plants on private burial plots is permissible with the consent of the person or family holding the interment rights. Please contact cemetery personnel in advance of any planting on private burial plots.

The above planting policies are intended to avoid infringement on other public and private properties in the cemetery.

Decorative items such as artificial plants, statuaries, shepherd hooks, fencing, etc. must be confined to the designated 2 ft. x 4 ft. headstone area. Foot markers must not exceed 12" in height and must be confined to the designated 2 ft. x 4 ft. stone area. Structures other than monuments are not allowed on the grave site, i.e. benches, etc. City personnel reserve the right to remove any live greenery decoration that has subsequently turned brown, as well as any artificial decoration that is detached or in disrepair.

The City of Washington cannot be held responsible for items lost, stolen, or damaged through acts of vandalism. Any maintenance needs related to monuments should be referred to a monument company.

Economic Development

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Why Washington?

Some Facts and Notes about Washington:

  • Established in 1825 and features a vintage downtown square included as a part of the Original Town in 1839. The square features distinctive shops and cafes that surround a one-third acre park and water fountain at the center of the square.
  • Located just 8 miles east of Peoria, Washington lies on U.S. Route 24 and is within close proximity to Interstates I-74, I-155, and I-39.
  • Has a rapidly growing population of 15,134 persons with an estimated local trade area population of more than 100,000 within a 15-minute drive time. The trade area median age is 35.3 years and average household size is 2.5 persons.
  • The median household income in Washington is $61,583.
  • In the last ten years, Washington saw more new residential development than any other community in Tazewell County with more than 1,500 units under construction.
  • Offers a choice of established, older neighborhoods and new, modern subdivisions throughout the city. The average sale price of a new or existing home in Washington is $152,000, and the average construction value of a new home is $259,000.
  • Prides itself on a high quality of life due to excellent schools, quality public services, self-supporting amenities, safe and friendly atmosphere, and small-town charm.
  • Offers City-owned public water and sewer systems, 24-hour police, fire, and emergency response (911), and other local amenities, such as the library and park districts.
  • Enjoys many active local organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Rotary International, Kiwanis, Lions Club, multiple business and neighborhood associations, and more.

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  • A Downtown Square tax increment financing (TIF) district offers renovation and improvement subsidies.
  • A citywide Enterprise Zone offering 100% property tax abatement through 2016, plus sales tax waivers, tax credits, and other incentives.
  • Existing retail and business spaces are available in multiple shopping centers and plazas throughout town. Dozens of acres of developable commercial property with full public utilities are also available.
  • A 50% reduction of all building and zoning fees, and utility connection fees, for properties in the Enterprise Zone.
  • No public site plan review process – most development plans for new commercial construction is reviewed internally by City staff with a quick turnaround time.

Fire and Rescue

The Washington Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, an independent, not-for-profit corporation under contract with the City, relies on its volunteer members in its service to the community. Visit their website at http://washingtonfd.com

Planning & Development

The primary purpose of the Planning & Development Department is to promote the coordinated growth and development of the City of Washington.

This department works to ensure that all subdivision, development, new construction, and use of land conforms to state and local regulations and is accomplished in an orderly manner that minimizes or eliminates adverse impacts to the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the citizens of Washington. The department staff administers local land use ordinances and provides professional, technical assistance to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Historical Preservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Building Board of Review, and TIF Joint Review Boards.

This department is responsible for the following activities:

  • Annexation
  • Building Inspection, New Construction
  • Code Enforcement, including Zoning, Subdivision, Building, and Nuisance
  • Comprehensive Plan Administration
  • Economic Development - General Business Retention, Promotion, and Support
  • Enterprise Zone Administration
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Maintenance/Mapping

Permit Issuance/Application Processing, Including:

  • Building
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • Demolition
  • Driveway
  • Fence
  • Home Occupation
  • Personal Wireless Service Facility (PWSF)/Telecommunication Tower
  • Rezoning
  • Signs: Including Banner, Billboard, and Portable
  • Street Cut
  • Street Load Limit, Temporarily Exceed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Zoning
  • Special Use
  • Variance
  • Landscaping Plan Review and Approval
  • Planning, Comprehensive Land-Use
  • Right-of-Way Vacation, Streets and Alleys
  • Site Plan and Subdivision Plat Review
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Administration

Home Occupation Zoning Code - Section 154.301

Section 154.306 of the Zoning Code determines whether a Home Occupation can be Administratively granted (Administrative Application) or must be presented before the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC Application) for granting. Questions may be directed to the Building & Zoning Supervisor at 309-444-1122.

Police Department

Welcome to the Washington Police Department.

The men and women who comprise this department are committed to delivering honest, impartial and ethical Law Enforcement to our residents. We are continually striving to deliver the most professional services on a daily basis to our community. We currently serve a population in excess of 15,000 people and patrol a community that is over fifteen (15) square miles in size.

The Washington Police Department prides itself for the contribution we make towards assuring a high quality of life for its residents, business owners and visitors. This is accomplished by providing a full spectrum of law enforcement programs that help to ensure a low crime rate. The Washington Police Department has a uniformed patrol division, Investigations division, bicycle patrol unit, and School Resource Officer. Our agency is a member of the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team (C.I.E.R.T.) which is a multi-jurisdictional Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.), we currently have three Police Officers assigned to the tactical unit and two trained crisis negotiators. We have an investigator assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Cybercrime Task Force and Illinois Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Task Force. We are constantly reviewing our operations and effectiveness to bring new programs to the community and re-established a DARE program in the Fall of 2016.

The philosophy of community policing has now become the hallmark of our agency. Community Policing is, in its simplest terms, the Police and the Community forming a partnership through open lines of communication and cooperation to continually identify the needs and concerns within our community while collectively developing strategies to solve these concerns or issues in order to enhance the quality of life for our residents. This philosophy will continue to enhance the quality of life for our residents while developing a mutual respect and support between the members of the police department, our residents and business owners. I strongly urge you to contact our department to see what you can do to help your police department maintain the quality we are so accustomed to in our community.

Please take some time to visit our department through this website as well as our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonPoliceDepartment) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Wash_IL_Police) pages . We welcome your input and suggestions. In the near future, we will be undertaking new initiatives to ensure that we remain responsive to the community needs and continue to be the forefront of modern policing. Our employees are professional and well trained. They are committed to making our department the finest police department in the country on your behalf. We appreciate your support.

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Public Works

Edward E Andrews Ken Schone

Ed Andrews

Director of Public Works

309-444-1136

eandrews@ci.washington.il.us

Location: City Hall

Kevin Schone

Public Works Manager

309-745-3503 x303

kschone@ci.washington.il.us

Location: Legion Road Facility

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Water & Sewer Utility

To report a concern regarding water or sewer service, Click Here.

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Washington, IL 61571
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Joanie Baxter
Joanie Baxter,
Controller

City Hall
301 Walnut St
Washington, IL 61571
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  • Phone: (309) 444-1124
  • Fax: (309) 444-9779
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Jon Oliphant
Jon Oliphant,
Director

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Ellen Dingledine
Ellen Dingledine,
City Treasurer

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Public Works
107 Legion Rd
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200 N Wilmor Rd
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Mike McCoy
Mike McCoy,
Chief of Police

Police Department
115 W Jefferson St
Washington, IL 61571
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  • Phone: (309) 444-2313
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Becky Holmes,
Building & Zoning Supervisor

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Washington, IL 61571
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Jim Culotta,
City Administrator

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Washington, IL 61571
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