“It doesn’t take a majority to win, just a tireless minority that will keep starting brush fires in the mind and hearts of their fellow men.”

Samuel Adams

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Broken Window Theory .....Rundown and Empty Buildings in Residential Areas

I happened to have contact accidently with someone who lives in the First Ward while out and about this morning. Together we looked across the street from her residence at the home I have pictured. It has been a problem for many years and now it has been abandoned with no one living there for the past year. Broken windows, cockroaches, tall grass, open garage and very little done to remedy this situation. The nearby residents have tried to get some help from one of the first ward alderpersons but have not received any help. The house next door is also empty but the landlord fixed up the exterior and no one has lived there for 2 or 3 years except the ground squirrels who go in and out through the stone foundation.

The Broken Window theory refers to places like this that are left to deteriorate starting with one unrepaired broken window. Now there are 2 unoccupied homes side by side and the neighbors would like this attended to as they do try to maintain their property. Yes there are problems and good people are hoping the city will contact them and let them know what can be done.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Getting Correct Information to the Public

Reading about the successful CSO event in Centennial Park yesterday and thank you for giving the Peru citizens something to enjoy on a beautiful day.

But reading the post event write up indicates that the reporter believes that the CSO pays for the fireworks, so I want to make a correction. The Recreation Committee is in charge of the fireworks PERIOD. They choose the vendor, wisely or not, the location and the date. Our City Council gives the OK without much question on all of the above. $20,000 of taxpayer money.

The CSO runs a beer tent and we are told that the money they make, goes toward purchasing Christmas decorations. There are people out there that know more about this all mens organization than any woman in town, so add your information. The CSO volunteers their time for the July event that I know, anything else is only hearsay.

Monday, August 08, 2016

August 8 2016 Peru City Council Agenda (partial) ETC

AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF SIXTH STREET IN THE CITY OF PERU, ILAN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AMENDMENTS TO PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF PERU AND DG PARTNERS MIDWEST, LLC (OLD PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING)UNFINISHED BUSINESSNEW BUSINESS

Discussion of and motion to seek applicants for vacancy in the Public Works Departmentwith an emphasis on water.

Motion to approve appointments of Mayor Harl, ETSB Chairman Joe Hogan, Police Chief Doug Bernabei and Fire Chief Jeff King as city ofPeru representatives on board of directors for Illinois Valley Regional Dispatch.
AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF SIXTH STREET IN THE CITY OF PERU, ILAN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AMENDMENTS TO PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF PERU AND DG PARTNERS MIDWEST, LLC (OLD PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING)UNFINISHED BUSINESSNEW BUSINESS Discussion of and motion to seek applicants for vacancy in the Public Works Departmentwith an emphasis on water. Motion to approve appointments of Mayor Harl, ETSB Chairman Joe Hogan, Police Chief Doug Bernabei and Fire Chief Jeff King as city ofPeru representatives on board of directors for Illinois Valley Regional Dispatch.AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF SIXTH STREET IN THE CITY OF PERU, IL

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AMENDMENTS TO PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AND
THE CITY OF PERU AND DG PARTNERS MIDWEST, LLC (OLD PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING


Additionally I have been going through the disbursements as there will be an ICSC Chicago Deals mtg in October which will be attended by Vickery, Harl and a few others. If you remember this is the retail association meeting where Mr Vickery had special shirts made for several years ago. Disbursements have changed on the city web site and are less detailed and harder to follow and perhaps a foia will need to be made to get further details.

Visited the cemetery yesterday as there has been a very active FB discussion over the last week and a piece was written by someone who has family there and published by the NT Open Forum. It looks ok but where there is no family left, markers are unreadable due to overgrowth of weeds and grass. Some of the monuments in the older section may be in danger of falling if proper readjustment is not made and who is respnsible for that? One marker near my Grandparents graves has evidently hit by some type of machinery as it is somewhat askew and needs to be moved back into place. Does the city have a Cemetery Association to oversee this city property.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dive in Friday to help save Oglesby pool - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Dive in Friday to help save Oglesby pool - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Listen and learn!

Perhaps if we had done this instead of allowing the Peru swimming pool to be come the first of numerous bits of destruction being done to the city, we might still have one. Kudos to Oglesby residents for taking the lead in doing this for your city and hopefully it will be enough to allow the city to keep the pool open. Elected officials working with local residents can accomplish minor miracles that we are seeing in the Illinois Valley.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Splash Pad Issue Seems to be Bigger Than Necessary

Can we build a splashpad for about $250,000 or as the mayor suggests a much larger amount of money would be necessary. Considering a change of location since the grant was applied for, it seems logical to think that would no longer be in play. If the DNR would not give us one with the original plan that did not have enough activities to fit their specifications of need, how can we believe that we still would  be able to put that money into our new plans. It seems that I am hearing figures of up to $700,000.

The "truck complex" for city vehicles is now up to 4 million.??

Are trucks that much more important than our cities children? I guess that depends upon who is making that decision.

A simple splashpad with the money now in place and planning being done should be ready a year from now.

Do you think our city workers should be doing the actual work on the splashpad or should we have professionals who have done many of them be doing the planning and the putting together?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pedal to the Park (Wenona)

Pedal to the Park 
So much activity in the Illinois Valley even Wenona, so I am posting this small event just because they are trying.