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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Monday, July 2, 2018, in the City Council Chambers. In this meeting, the board accepted the promotion of a Peru Fire Department employee and the resignation of a City Police Officer.

The board approved the request of Peru Fire Chief Erick Hawk to promote probationary Firefighter Garrett Shields to the rank of a permanent employee. Shields has completed all necessary training, earned his EMT, Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 and is state certified now.

The Board also accepted the letter of resignation from PPD Officer Charlee Pelzel. Officer Pelzel’s resignation is effective on July 9, 2018. He has accepted an officer to work for the Carmel Police Department. In his letter, Pelzel stated “It has been an honor and a privilege to work side by side with the officers of PPD. The community and its officers have taught me so much in the last three years. I thank you all for the priceless moments I’ve shared with the department and wish you all the best in what has yet to come for the City of Peru.”

Lt. James J. Ulery Photo

Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Friday, June 15, 2018, in the City Council Chambers. In the meeting, the Board approved changes in rank for the Peru Police Department.

The board first approved a request from Peru Police Chief Mike Meeks to promote Sergeant James J. Ulery to Second Shift Lieutenant effective June 16, 2018. You can read Chief Meeks’ recommendation letter to the Board of Works by clicking HERE. Ulery is an eleven-year veteran of the Peru Police Department.

Meeks letter indicated the “immediate plan is to have Sergeant Ulery in charge of second shift.” Meeks letter continued “The officers of the Peru Police Department have a lot of confidence in Sergeant Ulery and his abilities as an officer. I have no doubt that Sergeant Ulery will continue to excel and strive relentlessly to help serve the citizens of Peru.”

City of Peru Seal

Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met on Friday, June 1, 2018, in the City Council Chambers. In a busy but brief meeting, the Board of Works approved several personnel changes for the Peru Fire Department.

The Board approved Fire Chief Hawk’s request to promote Jeremy Hileman from Training Officer to Captain of Training and the promotion of Brian Edwards from Captain to Assistant Chief effective June 1, 2018.

The Board also approved the Peru Fire Department Pension Board’s request to hire Evan Coffman to replace Mike Burt who will retire. According to Chief Hawk, Mr. Coffman has completed all necessary steps to be hired as a Probationary Firefighter. His first day is scheduled for June 13, 2018.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met on Tuesday, May 15th in the City Council Chambers. In a very light meeting, the Board approved a request from Harvesting Capabilities, Inc. to sell alcohol at their annual chili cook-off at the Peru Riverwalk on West Canal Street.

The board heard from Christina Gornto of Harvesting Capabilities who requested some changes to the previously approved event. The location will change to the west end of the park closer to the Riverview Event Center to accommodate the Community Foundation’s Anniversary event to be held the same day. Smitty McMusselman’s Pub will be serving alcohol at the event and will secure all the necessary alcohol permits needed from the state. Gornto also wanted to request the use of shelter house #9, just west of Miami’s Fort for the event. The board approved the requests by a unanimous vote.

Photo of Peru Fire Department Assistant Chief John McMillen

Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met for it’s regular meeting on Tuesday evening, May 1, 2018. During this meeting, the board approved the retirement of Peru Fire Department Assistant Chief John McMillen. McMillen served the citizens of Peru for thirty-two years as a member of the Peru Fire Department. His retirement is effective May 3, 2018.

The board also accepted and opened sealed bids for blight elimination asbestos inspections on nine properties in Peru. Four companies submitted bids including

City of Peru Seal

Peru, IN – During a regular meeting of the Peru Board of Public Works and Safety held on Monday, April 2, 2018, the board opened sealed bids from six companies for the demolition of twelve structures in the City of Peru through the unsafe building fund. Bids were received from the following contractors:  

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met in regular session on Thursday, March 15th in the City Council Chambers of the City Building.

In the meeting, the Board approved the request from the Peru Police Pension Board to hire Tyler Shoffner as a Police Officer for the city. Tyler has already completed the required exams and testing. The request is pending approval from PERF. Tyler is a Maconaquah graduate and attended Ivy Tech in Kokomo. He is currently employed at Caterpillar. He is married and has two children. The PPD expects to hear back from PERF before the next Board of Works Meeting. This will allow him to start work upon approval from PERF.

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Peru, IN – During the Board of Works meeting last Thursday, City Attorney Dustin Kern reported to the Board about the possibility of Peru joining a class action lawsuit against opiate manufacturers and distributors.

The board heard from Jewel Lee, an attorney from a consortium of law firms who are representing several cities across the country against the distributors and manufacturers of opioids. The aim of the suit is to recover damages due to opioid addiction for cities including costs associated with law enforcement and first responders, possible bad debit for EMS services, as well as funds to help pay for correcting the problems associated with opioid addiction such as treatment, additional law enforcement, and other costs. The law firm would charge a 25% contingency fee with no upfront costs to the city.