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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Public forum to be held for splash pad proposal « Classics Hits 103.9 WLPO

Public forum to be held for splash pad proposal « Classics Hits 103.9 WLPO

This forum hopefully will be open and you can then ask questions you have about location, structures and playgrounds.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Evening of the Meetings Went About as Expected

Public Property discussed the backstop and the grant for the possible splash pad near the cell tower and volley ball court, boccie ball court and picnic tables to be placed on north side of 12th street near the library plus a new parking lot. In order to apply for the grant of $500,000 from the DNR they have to have activities for all ages so the extras were added to the original idea of a splash pad.

Committee mtg of the Whole was about what one would expect from a meeting that did not have an agenda. A Mr Barnes who ran a bakery equipment business in part of the old Westclox spoke at this mtg and I only heard the last portion of his comment. Evidently it involves electric power and the city of Peru who cut his power off due to non payment of a large electric bill which he claims was not his usage but someone in the Westclox bldg that was able to connect to his meter. He wants to start up the business once again and the city will not give him power and I think I heard something about a lawsuit. The mayor appeared very unhappy that the gentleman was there and said the was a whole lot more to the problem.The reporters should have more information in their reporting.

So about 6:50 the mtg. ended because no one had anything else to discuss. Treasurer Hylla spoke until 7:15 when it was time for the Budget mtg to take place. I did not stay for the second mtg.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Unreal And In Fact Unrealistic Schedule of Meetings for Monday at City Hall


Discussion and motion to approve to the relocation of the baseball
backstop from 28th Street Park to Washington Park to create a new
practice area for our 7 and 8 year old minor league players

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
ROLL CALL: Alderman Perez, Alderman Mueller
Recreation Board President Ray Zbrowski to request backstop for
Washington Park
Update from Friends for Peru Pool
Discuss budget
Discuss and motion to install a backstop at Washington Park

There is a Committee Mtg of the Whole scheduled for 6:30 PM.  I have gone through the information online and can find no reason for the meeting and no agenda that makes any sense, so if interested please draw your own conclusions.

There will be a Budget mtg from 7:15 PM to 7:30 PM so we can hope no one has any questions on this budget and mine would take at least an hour.

At 7:30 PM there is a Regular City Council mtg. if you have any interest after being at meetings for the last hour and a half prior to that.

You have to see it to believe it, so divy it up with your friends and family and have your own meeting afterwards to figure out what was important and what is not. I can't believe what they are doing.

Who will explain the budget if Treasurer is away because of personal business due to the funeral of his mother on Monday?

Hoping You All Have a Happy, Blessed and Relaxing Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Making Places to Play

While thinking over the presentation of the Accounts and Finance mtg. and the indoor recreation and sports complex to which people would travel to Peru to use, I thought about the hundreds of people here who have to need for it here.

This is in interesting link http://www.parksandrecreation.org/2014/April/Making-Places-for-Play/

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Endangered Backstop Located at the 28th Street Park in Peru

It has come to light that one or two members of the Recreation Board would like this moved to Washington Park so that some of the young baseball players can practice. I don't live in the area but know many that do and I am told that young people, boys and girls, practice here with softballs spring summer and fall. For the many children that live in this area, it is the only park east of rte 251 that has this type of equipment.
The backstop is approx. 30 years old and is embedded in concrete. For your information no one in the park area has asked for it to be removed. It was considered a neighborhood park for children and still is but adults from elsewhere keep trying to take it over and do what they want.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

About Romeoville Athletic and Events Center

About Romeoville Athletic and Events Center

This is interesting and wonder how many of you believe that Peru might be a suitable location for this type of facility?

I didn't pull this out of the air, a presentation was made at the Finance mtg this afternoon.

Added 4/19/14
Along the same idea, the following paragraph was taken from the March 5, 2014 Accounts and Finance mtg minutes: Economic Development Director Bob Vickrey reviewed a promotional poster targeting a specific entertaining venue prospect. Mr. Vickrey presented a marketing plan for the site selection magazine for the next budget year for approximately $12,000.

No further explanation was given and does it or does it not fit in with the presentation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Accounts and Finance Meeting Want a CFO but Enough Available Funds for a City Manager Instead

Economic Development Director Bob Vickrey discussed the economic development project
sports complex. Is he referring to LaSalle? I did notice that Vickery is budgeted for $7000 in the 2015 Budget.

The CFO mentioned in the 2015 Budget created by Budget Director Gary Hylla has several line items for a Chief Financial Officer paid 65,000 plus, My understanding this was inserted by the request of the Accounts and Finance Committee.

The salaries in the 2015 budget are Treasurer 5,800 per year and an additional 19,500 as Budget Director. Add the 65,000 proposed for the new CFO with the additional administrative under the electric enterprise fund (13,800) and the water and sewer enterprise fund of (6,800) and it appears that we have enough money budgeted for a City Manager. According to some web sites salaries vary from a low of 40,000 to over 164,000+. And if the referendum had passed we would have had an additional 7,400 and coming to a total of 97,00.

Evidently we have more than enough money to hire a city manager NOW and all we need is the courage at City Hall to do it.

Added: 10/28 PM 4/16/14
I have come to the conclusion that if the city council really wants something, the mayor generally steps aside as long as they don't interfere with what he really wants to do.

The Finance Committee really wants to hire a CFO as a paid appointed position.

I found this information interesting:


Spring Valley mayor: Council needs 'perspective of a lady' - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Spring Valley mayor: Council needs 'perspective of a lady' - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

All cities do and  go for it Spring Valley and may this be an encouragement to all women who really want to be involved in local government. My only advice to them would be to be true to yourself and your beliefs at all times.

Saturday, April 12, 2014



Interesting article about how the main focus of the FBI has become fighting corruption on all levels, federal state and local. They feel that this type of corruption hurts the average person, the taxpayer the most.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our City Council and Mayor Forgot Something at the Meeting on Monday April 7........

This has been National Volunteer Week April 6 - 12.

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

A Must Read....Peru Proposed Financial Budget for 2015 Now Online

If you have wondered even a tiny bit where your tax dollars are being spent, my suggestion is to read and analyze it. Some amazing information in there and we would like to hear what you think and I believe the City Treasurer might even be interested.

Peru City Aldermen Committee Members

Potthoff and Radke serve on Accounts and Finance.

Waldorf and Lukosus serve on Public Works.. Electric, water streets.

Ferrari and Sapienza serve on Public Health and Safety ( police, fire, esda, ambulance.

Perez and Mueller serve on Public property.. Covers buildings grounds and Recreation.