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Peoria considers asking neighboring towns to help pay for river rescue costs

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PEORIA (WEEK) - A Peoria City Council member wants to investigate how neighboring communities can reimburse the city for the cost of providing aid for Illinois River rescues.

At-large Council member Zachary Oyler called for "more in-depth" conversations on the topic as the council Tuesday evening unanimously approved buying a dive team rescue boat at a cost of almost $34,500.

As recently as Sunday night, the dive team was called to help Creve Coeur firefighters respond to a fatal jet ski accident.

"We're the ones fronting costs that we provide service to other communities, and they don't have to then provide that service," said Oyler.

"So I would like to understand which communities that might be, what options we would have as far as cost recovery when we use that piece of equipment on those types of calls," Oyler also said.

The fire department says the new rescue boat replaces a boat that's more than 25 years old, and is in need of constant repairs.

Howard Packowitz

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