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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met in regular session at the City Building on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. During this meeting the Board approved an electrician test, and a request from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church to conduct a Eucharistic Procession as part of their Corpus Christi Feast to be held on June 23, 2019.

The St. Charles Eucharistic Procession request was submitted to the Board by Katie Slonina. According to the request, “The Catholic Tradition celebrates a feast called Corpus Christi every year and in 2019, this feast falls on June 23rd.” According to tradition, the Church participates in a Eucharistic Procession. “We Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and this procession is a witness to that belief.” It was explained to the board that this procession is similar to a parade with the members of the congregation singing while following a particular route.

The procession will proceed from the Church building at 58 W. 5th Street heading south on Miami Street to Main Street and then east to Broadway Street, North to 7th Street and back to Miami Street returning to the church property. They anticipate approximately 100 Church members using the sidewalks. PPD will provide an escort to assist the congregation with crossing the streets. The board approved this request.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in the City Council Chambers. In this regular meeting, the Board approved a road closures for the Miami County Junior Achievement Car Show on September and a request from Police Chief Meeks to male all of Daniel Street a now passing zone. Board member Steve Anderson was out of town and not present for this meeting.

Peru Police Chief Mike Meeks appeared before the Board of Works to request that Daniel Street, in its entirety, be made a no passing zone. This request was prompted by a recent PPD traffic stop. The stop occurred in the afternoon when both the Schools and Square D were concluded for the day. A line of cars was waiting for the light on Daniel Street at North Broadway when a vehicle passed a number of cars on the right and entered the Hardee’s parking lot. The street is already a no passing zone in front of Peru Junior High School but the area past that to Broadway is currently not marked with a double yellow line. Chief Meeks and several of his officers feel this is a safety concern and are requesting the rest of Daniel Street be made a no passing zone. The Board approved the request.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular session on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in the City Council Chambers of the Peru City Building. In this meeting, the board approved the hiring of a new Police Officer and Firefighter as well as a promotion in the Fire Department.

After discussion of some routine business, City Attorney Dustin Kern advised the Board of the agreement negotiated between former Peru Firefighter Scott West and the City of Peru. He recommended that the Board of Works consider two additions to the agenda for the meeting.

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Editor's Note:  CORRECTION: We were advised tonight by Tish Soldi Peru City Clerk-Treasurer that the notice for the executive session of the Board of Works that is referred to in our article was posted at the meeting site and published in the legal notices of the Peru Tribune. Peru Indiana Today apologizes to Mayor Greer and City Clerk Soldi for giving the impression in our article that this was not done.

Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety is to meet on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in a regularly scheduled meeting. It is anticipated that the negotiations between former Peru Firefighter Scott West and the City of Peru will be discussed at this meeting with a potential resolution to West’s termination from employment. In the last meeting of the Board of Works, Mayor Greer announced that the City had entered into negotiations with West over a possible reinstatement of West to allow him to resign from the Department rather than be terminated.

In order to present the facts of the case to the public before the Board of Works meeting, Peru Indiana Today has obtained records from both the City of Peru and Scott West. Below is a summary of what we have learned.

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07/18/18 - Important Update:  We have learned from the Miami County Prosecutor's Office that a special prosecutor was appointed for the case. The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for August 30, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. with a trial date of September 13, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. in Miami County Superior Court II. We have reached out to Mayor Greer to learn why Mr. West was terminated prior to his day in court. City Offices close at noon on Wednesday so we have not been able to contact him as yet. We will continue to follow-up on this story.  Original story continues below:  

Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Monday, July 16, 2018, in the City Council Chambers. The meeting was routine with the approval of city clams and road closure requests for upcoming events. You can read about the Board’s actions below.

Following the meeting, the Board of Works convened for what was to be an appeal hearing for Former Peru Firefighter Scott West. West was terminated from the Fire Department on June 2, 2018, as a result of his arrest on April 10, 2018, by the Indiana State Police on charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. The hearing was postponed due to negotiations between the City and Mr. West with a possible resolution of the situation.

Mayor Greer reported that the City was contacted by Mr. West’s attorney with a proposal that is being discussed. The Mayor thinks the board will be able to review the proposal at its next regular meeting on August 7, 2018. It appears the city is negotiating a reinstatement of West so that he may resign from the Fire Department rather than be fired. This could avoid potential litigation regarding the termination.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.