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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.

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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

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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.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met for their regular meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at City Hall.

During the meeting, the Board approved the retirement of Peru Firefighter Brian Mullikin as well as the hiring of a new Firefighter for the City of Peru. Chief Erick Hawk requested the board approve the hiring of Kevin Baker.

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Peru, IN - The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met for its regular meeting on Thursday evening in the City Council chamber.

The Board approved Peru Fire Department Chief Erick Hawk’s request to promote Peru Firefighter Private David Hoover to the rank of Investigator. Chief Hawk reported that Firefighter Hoover has successfully completed a difficult four-month training course for the position.

Hoover will be replacing Hayden Sturch who promoted to Captain. Chief Hawk also reported that the promotion would not affect the Fire Department budget.

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Peru, IN – Peru resident Gary Maggart appeared before the Board of Works on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, to request a “Do Not Block Driveway” sign for a rental property he owns in Peru. The property is located in 40 block S. Lincoln Street.

Mr. Maggart reported that had previously requested and received a variance to have a driveway put in for this residence. He is now having issues with people frequently blocking the driveway by parking on the street in front of the drive. He stated this is an almost daily occurrence.

Mayor Greer stated that it is already against state law for a driver to block a driveway in the city and that he didn’t feel a sign would be as effective as calling the Police Department to have them issue a ticket to any vehicle blocking the drive.