“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, March 18, 2017

From Mayor Harl and City of Peru

Mayor Scott J. Harl
Statement of closing of JC Penny store
Friday March 17, 2017
Today’s announcement of the pending closure of JC Penny stores across the state and nation including the Peru mall store is a great disappointment to all of us at the city of Peru. On behalf of everyone at the city of Peru, we are especially saddened for the many employees of the Peru store who may lose their employment.
While retail sales in Peru was at a record 600 million dollars last year and with Peru having one of the highest retail sales per capita in Illinois, the loss of any business and their employees is very sad.
The city of Peru, like all cities across the state and nation must be prepared to work towards a sustainable plan to maintain and grow our economic retail base. While that plan has been a continued work in progress, we are committed to not only attract new business but also work with existing business to maintain their local presence both in the north retail section and equally in our Rt 6 downtown business corridor. One need only look to these areas to see the many businesses that have either expanded or opened but we will not sit back and wait for business development. We will continue our aggressive business friendly plan that has benefited not only Peru but also the entire Illinois Valley area.
With that in mind the council members, all city department heads, the entire economic development team and I have been working diligently to continue to have the city of Peru to be recognized as a business friendly community.
We have been working with many developers to bring business to the north retail section with many pending development in the works. We also have had discussions with the ownership of the Peru Mall to lend our support towards any rebranding of the Peru Mall area to maintain existing business.
At the same time, we implemented our Rt 6 business incentive program that has been in existence these past three years and has been discussed for the past several months this new budget year is expected to have a major expansion of the program. We have also started the process of a downtown business TIF district to support our current and future businesses in downtown corridor.
These efforts as well as others will continue on behalf of everyone in the city of Peru.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Best Places to Start a Business in Illinois - NerdWallet

Best Places to Start a Business in Illinois - NerdWallet

Is this a good political campaign issue?

  Seems the only thing we have going for us is "affordable housing" and businesses that pay their employees.  Have we acquired any new businesses as a result of this top notch status?.

Please give us the new businesses that started up in Peru as a result of this. We have Harbor Freight and Cricket but don't know if they included retail in their assessment.

Did any of you read the recent Illinois Policy article about border cities in Illinois losing population to adjacent states due to lower taxes = lower cost of living. I do remember our former Superintendent of the Electric Dept. making the decision to do that.

Just a reminder I am not posting any rah rahs about candidates. Also there was an article in the Peru Pride that some people found offensive and sorry I can't put that online either, just common decency on that as he  is no longer holding office and I would not have enough space to include all the former Peru politicians that also did the similar things.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pride in Peru You Either Have It Or You Don't

Received the magazine put out by the city of Peru, lovely magazine but sure it will hit the waste basket by many as soon as brought into the house but that is the chance they take, isn't it?.   Except like everything, the cost is on the taxpayer.

If you have leafed thru it, you surely have seen the diagram of our future park to be located on the site of the former Washington School. Location is appropriate as it is close to the general population.

I have a question.  When it was first thought the city  might rebuild the swimming pool which they anticipated removing, they brought in several different developers and designers to give us a "look see" at what they might be able to develop for this city at same location. There were pictures of the planned project and the needed info and cost available. The company they chose was definitely not one that was good for Peru because they were used to developing high end projects in or close to larger cities. They did spend a lot of time with city officials but nothing came from it because in my opinion they were good people but wrong for this city whereas there was a company that had developed pools in many smaller cities in IL and IA that if chosen, we might in my opinon have designed a pool appropriate for a town the size of Peru and with the right resources to build it.  Again my opinion.

The same might be said about the splashpad.  Last couple of years we didn't even have money to build a small one and now we are building a million dollar project.
Have they held a Public Forum for the citizens to find out what they would like in a new park?

Have they even invited you to a council mtg where you could ask the questions with time dedicated to only that topic?

Has the city decided to design and build this park without going to developers of such projects?  From no money to a million dollars, anyone know this is an Election Year for Mayor?

Do you even care or are you interested?  Lot of data has not been put out to the public, you know the people who will actually use this facility.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illinois has higher property taxes than every state with no income tax

Illinois has higher property taxes than every state with no income tax

And the Illinois population is finding ways to move to those states.  Local governments need to carefully use their funds because that will also be reduced with less population.

newstrib.com | Serving the Readers of North Central Illinois

newstrib.com | Serving the Readers of North Central Illinois

Surprise, suprise, the Public Works is getting its first big write up in the News Tribune.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Peru expects splash pad to be finished for summer 2018

Peru expects splash pad to be finished for summer 2018

There should be a lot of questions asked by the population about this project in a city the size of Peru 10,0016 (2014) and probably under the 10,000 now. Don't get me wrong, a splashpad is a wonderful idea but the size and making it the biggest and best in Illinois leaves me wondering why.

Ottawa has a splashpad, have you seen it? The next closest one that I am aware of is Chillicothe. Of course all the other local cities like LaSalle, Oglesby, Ottawa, Princeton, Mendota and Spring Valley have swimming pools.

This splashpad will be free to all, I assume so there will be no return on the project unless we are counting on sales tax revenue coming into the city from all the visitors.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Illinois has largest loss of union membership in region, Indiana and Missouri have largest gains

Illinois has largest loss of union membership in region, Indiana and Missouri have largest gains

We can add to that that Missouri just signed the laws to become a "right to work" state. That now means we are literally surrounded by "right to work" states: Wisconsin, Indiana, KY, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. Nothing new in Springfield and the state is making NO progress toward a budget and would like to add more taxation. The folks in Springfield just don't get it and Mr Madigan is not budging from his previous positions. Catapillar is a sign of the worst yet to come. None of this is good for smaller cities because the laws made in Springfield affect every city, no matter how good they think they are doing with their finances.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Is It a Cap or a Hat, A Derby or a Beret??

Social media describes an incident at City Hall prior to the council meeting with reference to hats etc. Those of you that live elsewhere, does your city have rules with regard to head wear at a public mtg? Does this refer to only men's heads or are women's included?

We all need a chuckle now and then and on to serious business. I have made a decision that this blog will not tolerate the kinds of political comments referencing the upcoming election. Evidently from the tone of the comments many currently seated elected or appointed at city hall or those with an ax to grind are using the Peru Town Forum to denigrate others.

There is more than enough policy decisions about what Peru is doing or is not doing to make this interesting to read. So please abide by my decision and keep your political comments in your own social groups as I have no interest in publishing them.

That means you can express your thoughts there.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

OUR VIEW: Pension dispute goes far beyond any city hall

OUR VIEW: Pension dispute goes far beyond any city hall

Stats on Fire and Police pensions in Streator and Ottawa. Peru is not mentioned but we have already put those stats out there.

This is important to know about in comparison to the big noise about campaign signs which were blatantly violated by the current sitting aldermen in the last election where some of their own seats were in jeopardy. Don't forget about the aldermen walking door to door to save the seats of the currently seated members. Who would want to run and face that road block of unwelcoming old members. Wonder why so few are running for the Peru City Council, that is not hard to figure out.