“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

"In democracy, the purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambition. Elected officials must serve a cause greater than themselves. The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall, supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold. Former President G.W.Bush

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interesting Quote From the Last Accounts and Finance Meeting

Economic Development Director Bob Vickrey discussed the economic development project
sports complex. Is he referring to LaSalle?

I have no idea what this means do you?

The CFO mentioned in the 2015 Budget created by Budget Director Gary Hylla has several line items regarding a Chief Financial Officer and adding up those 3 that I spotted it would be 65,000 plus 13,800 plus an additional for approx. 4,000 plus or minus dollars. My understanding this was inserted by the request of the Accounts and Finance Committee.

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.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Do We The City of Peru Really Need??

Talking to a friend to day about the possible property tax increase because the City Treasurer states we are not getting enough sales tax.

It seems like one day the city has more than enough money and the next day we don't have enough. Just a few weeks ago Ald. Waldorf read an email from Treasurer Hylla telling us not to worry funds were available for the necessary public works projects even though a few weeks before that the same alderman stated that maybe they were going to be short on some proposed projects. So it seems there seems to be uncertainty in city government, I thought maybe we should offer some suggestions to them.

I will start with this one....Mayor Harl had himself appointed to the Illinois Municipal Electric Board a few weeks ago and the council approved (just went to get the exact date on this one and the Peru city web site is unavailable) so this will be from memory. Do we the city of Peru Really need to be paying for the overnight stay of the mayor and associated gas costs when no one asked him to do this? In fact if the city is running short of cash, I suggest he make the offer himself to pay his own way. The travels are to Springfield, IL.

Peru City Treasurer wants more sales tax revenue « Classics Hits 103.9 WLPO

Peru City Treasurer wants more sales tax revenue « Classics Hits 103.9 WLPO

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Municipal Aggregation FAQ

Municipal Aggregation FAQ

This is the same web site which lists the cities taking advantage of aggregation but there is a whole lot more to it. I'm sure that we all have received the annoying phone calls about electrical providers and we all said but we are municipally owned as if it was the best thing since ice cream and now maybe we are finding out not..  Has anyone reading accessed the $22,000 study done by the IMEA a few years ago?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Municipal Aggregation List

Municipal Aggregation List

This is the web site suggested by Justin and you will find many of the communities near to Peru on this list.  Among them are Ottawa, LaSalle, Mendota, Granville, Spring Valley and many more. Interesting read.

Ottawa switches to electric supplier with lower rate - The Times: Local

Ottawa switches to electric supplier with lower rate - The Times: Local

Friday, March 28, 2014

Electric Department - Lineman Job Description Posted for Job Available

A lengthy job description has been recently posted on the Peru City web site. It is an interesting read..

Monday, March 24, 2014

City of Peru Job Description for City Engineer

The actual job description is online on the city web site and 2 1/2 pages in length. Take a few minutes and read through as it is very interesting.

In the second paragraph are the words:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.
Below that are 3 paragraphs of expected duties.( Do you need to inform of other duties before you even write up the expected ones.?)

Page 2
Responsible for Economic Development Assistance by coordinating with the Chamber of Commerce and meeting with prospective developers. (Who is doing this now?)

Meets with department heads, boards and committees for the purposes of reporting deficiencies and providing engineering advice. (this one should be easy as we have the same people doing just about everything)

Responds to questions/requests from the public and the media and communicates with other departments about problems and solutions. (at last we will get answers to questions from someone and shouldn't be told this is comments only, we don't answer questions)


Exchange Between Aldermen Perez and Aldermen Sapienza on Planters and Hanging Baskets

If You Went to Any of the Meetings This Evening and Want to Share Information, Consider This Your Space

I did not go to any of the meetings this evening. They were the Public Property Meeting, The Committee of the Whole Meeting and the City Council Meeting.

I understand the city will have NCIC write a grant for money to make a parking lot at West and 12th Street where there is currently a grassy triangle intersection. The grant would cover half the cost, the city would be responsible for the rest.

The most surprising thing I heard is that Jeff King, our FD Chief, co super of Public Works, Building and Zoning Inspector and Doug Bernabei, our Police Chief and co super of Public Works will now be co heads of the Electric Department.  Is it possible that no one applied for this position?

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.