“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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Task Force Minutes from May 6 (Back up again)

This is the interview the committee had with Jeff King, PFD Chief, Public Service Asst. Etc.

5 things you need to know about Chicago’s credit downgrades

5 things you need to know about Chicago’s credit downgrades


How will this affect the suburbs and cities further down the chain.(exurbs)?

Here Are the 25 Best Cities for Jobs

Here Are the 25 Best Cities for Jobs

I posted this for the blogger who wrote in this morning about where he thought the best place to live is and why.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chicago Park District Continues to Limit Use of Pesticides in Parks

Chicago Park District Continues to Limit Use of Pesticides in Parks


Kudos to Chicago for providing toxic free  parks for families and children.  At least safe from toxic chemicals.

I know that the ball diamonds in Peru are sprayed with Weed and Feed and I hope that is all that is done.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Date for the Task Force Committee Meeting

AGENDA
CITY ADMINISTRATION TASK FORCE COMMITTEE MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
TIME: 4:00 P.M.
PLACE: 1901 4TH STREET, PERU, IL

This information is posted on the City of Peru web site.  It is a date change from the initial proposed date at their last meeting.

Open to the public

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Illinois’ property taxes are out of control, let taxpayers take driver’s seat

Illinois’ property taxes are out of control, let taxpayers take driver’s seat


Interesting that we are paying more than neighboring states in property taxes.

Task Force Meeting Minutes Have been removed by city from their web site.

I am not acclimated to the use of the new initialed names for the Public Works Dept. and continue to just call this the Public Works Department with which I am more comfortable.

This is the last interview with Jeff King, the asst. manager, bldg inspector, fire chief.

Minutes removed by the city and will be available in 2 weeks and I will repost. Someone put them on before approval.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Minutes from the April Task Force Meeting

These are the minutes from the April mtg of the Administrative Task Force.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Union officers paid with tax dollars; ‘Release time’ not unusual in Illinois school districts – Illinois News Network

Union officers paid with tax dollars; ‘Release time’ not unusual in Illinois school districts – Illinois News Network

The City of Peru Now has 60 Flower Planters

This amount must be an increase of about 35 planters since last year. Many of these were put in place during the Baker administration and paid for by the merchants with businesses near them. Correct me if I am wrong on this.

The planters became a bother and neglected over the years.  Didn't summer help take care of them years ago?

A few years ago then Ald. Perez gathered volunteers to rejuvenate the planters  for the beautification of Peru. Never brought a large number of residents into helping but enough to get it done and they looked really good.  Planters and also hanging baskets.  The first year the hanging baskets died from lack of watering which was done by the city and last year Perez made sure they were watered and they did better.  This year the mayor wants banners not baskets.

Who is going to continue the program? There are now 60 planters on Rte 6 and fewer people to do more.  Perez has said he will continue to plant the flowers so if you are interested in helping, the day to begin is this Saturday starting at 9 PM.

How many current aldermen will let a hand? I would be surprised if even one or two showed up to show their civic pride in Peru.

The Public Service manager D. Bernabei increased the number of planters as part of the Rte 6 improvement.  Not sure who paid for them whether it was the city or  the merchants. Whoever paid for them in now unimportant the more important question is are we going to depend on Rodney Perez or are we going to now have to pay an outside company to plant and care for the planters? Did we now need additional planters to care for when the city shuns any volunteer effort? Or maybe the answer is hire someone to do it since we continue to say we have lots of extra cash and everything is paid for by "write a check"

What should the city do to make our city more impressive?
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