“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

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Lighting Where is the Best

Many of you have probably seen the lighting on the old Westclox building on east Rte 6, if you have not please put this on your to see list as it is fantastic. One of the occupants of the building I am told has done or helped to do this display. Thanks to all throughout the city that have decorated their lawns, homes and businesses, nicely done.

I have also driven through Rotary Park in LaSalle in which the city is creating a drive through with lighted Christmas displays which is growing in size each year. Very nice and all ages will enjoy this ride thru.

Feel free to add any special Christmas lighting you would like to  suggest for viewing in public places, parks, businesses or homes.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Northern White Sand finally OK'd near U.S. 6 - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Northern White Sand finally OK'd near U.S. 6 - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Old news to many but it is beginning to look like La Salle Cty will be owing their soul to the company store. There are going to be so many facilities owned by one sand company that involve so many cities, that it will be one big happy family or not.

This article is from September 10 of this year. I expect Peru will join the family. To every plus there is a minus and time will tell what the difference will be.

Letters to the editor: There has to be a better place for sand facility than Plank Road - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Letters to the editor: There has to be a better place for sand facility than Plank Road - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Everyone who drove by the signs on Plank Road and Ladd Road thought that “Schools Subdivision” meant residential subdivision. Eugene Hodges, of Northern White Sand LLC a subsidiary of Eagle Materials of Dallas, Texas, and their attorney, John Duncan, admitted that they purposely worded it that misleading way.' QUOTE from Patricia Lange Grant, property owner and resident.  

This should throw up red flags about this company wanting into Peru! When you start with deceit, where do you go from there?

#Northern White Star
#schools subdivision
#sand transfer facility
#Eagle Materials
#Eugene Hodges
#Peru IL

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

38th Street Redirection Map

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Few Changes From the City Council Meeting Tonight

The city council delayed the vote on the grass cutting contract because they were one alderman short of the "Super Majority" and it will be taken up at the next council meeting after Christmas. How can savings be calculated when you don't have the figures from past years? He did put a lot of work into it so please find this information in the Alderman's packet on the city web site and let us know what you think.

 ****Peru city atty according to N.T isn't sure whether there will be a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on Wednesday as origiinally scheduled because not enough members possibly might not show up and in that case the meeting will be held on Thursday.  This is kind of like saying there is a city council meeting Monday and if not enough members show up we will meet on Tuesday. Since an agenda has to be posted 48 hours in advance with an exact time and date of meeting, it does sound like we have a legal issue involved here.

Please this is a governmental commitee, they need not play games, either set a meeting date and time and live with it or cancel it until next week. Do they not want a room full of people in attendance like last week?


Also the meeting by the Planning and Zoning Committee was delayed until this Thursday December 18 @ 6 PM, they were said to be short members available for Wednesday night, December 17 the date scheduled at last weeks mtg. This will again be about the Northern White Sands probable approval of annexation etc.  If you know someone who should be aware of this change, please contact them and let them know of the change.

As of this morning these are the petitions turned into the clerks office.  Fourth -Dave Potthoff, Third Ward - Dave Waldorf, Travis Nelson.  Second Ward - Rodney Perez, Tom Payton.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What Will Be the Benefit to Peru of the Sand and Railway Approval?

This is the question I asked of several aldermen after the meeting last evening and the answer I received is "tipping fees". It is a term new to me and I am sure to many of you who are reading this. An ordinance will be passed soon setting the price to be applied to the heavy trucks used for hauling sand, so much per ton per weight of the sand truck.  I am sure each truck will not be weighed so it will be a general assumed weight per truck.  This fee is to maintain the roads to be used by more trucks traveling more frequently on the route from the Utica Northern White Sands facility in rural Utica to the proposed sand processing facility in Peru and the annexed land in Bureau Cty. We should assume if the benefit to Peru is a tipping charge that the fee will be large enough to provide some profit to the city or there is no point to setting a fee.

An article in late October in the N.T. follows this post which puts a lot of what is being voted on now into perspective.

Next in line for benefits would be jobs for those in skilled in those areas, particularly the truck drivers which the article indicates are hard to find.

This meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board was the first time there had been any public discussion by anyone involved with the city. Never discussed at any previous council meeting or any committee of a whole public session. I am wondering if the discussions took place in closed session. Did the atty mention last night that he had had previous discussions with officials? Who is in charge of public relations in this administration?

The mayor was seen at the meeting for a short time and most of the aldermen were in attendance. I guess this leads to the question, "Does the public have the right to expected to be informed of issues that may affect Peru?"  Many people here in Peru believe the answer is NO.

In silica valley, the sand is moving - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

In silica valley, the sand is moving - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL