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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met in regular session on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in the City Council Chambers of the Peru City Building.

In what was a very brief meeting, the Board approved a request presented by Vicki Draper of the Miami County Chamber of Commerce to close 2nd Street from Broadway to Miami St. on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2019, for a “Chistkidlmarkt” that will include turning 2nd Street into an ice-skating rink. After some discussion regarding fire safety, the Board approved the request to include the provision that there be at least a 12‘ fire lane in the event of an emergency.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety held its first regular meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the City Council Chambers in the Peru City Building.

A traffic study conducted by LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) of Purdue University that was requested by the City of Peru has resulted in changes that were approved by the Peru Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday evening.

According to the Peru Traffic Department Superintendent, LTAP encouraged the city to remove the “Do Not Block” sign from East Washington Avenue but did not recommend adding a “No Left Turn” sign to the intersection.

The study was the result of a recommendation from Mayor Greer to the Board that the changes be made to the intersection. The Board of Works approved the removal of the “Do Not Block Sign”

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety held its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at the City Council Chambers in the Peru City Building.

The board approved the 2019 contract with the Fraternal Order of Police. PPD Captain Matt Feller spoke presented the board with the contract that had already been approved by the FOP members. Captain Feller expressed his thanks to the Board of Works and members of the City Council present who assisted in the negotiations.

The agreement had been negotiated between the city and the FOP over the past several weeks. You can read the agreement by clicking HERE.

The board approved the contract on a unanimous vote.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met in regular session on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in the City Council Chambers of the Peru City Building.

In business that had been tabled from the last meeting, the Board of Works denied a request from James Adamson to cut down a tree at 331 Boulevard. Board member Steve Anderson had visited with Mr. Adamson regarding the tree prior to the meeting. He had determined that the tree did have some dead branches but was otherwise in good condition and did not need to be removed.

Mayor Greer stated that it was the responsibility of homeowners to maintain trees in the area between the sidewalk and the street.

The board voted unanimously to deny this request.

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Peru, IN – The Peru Board of Public Works and Safety met in regular session on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in the City Council Chambers of the Peru City Building. The meeting was held on a Wednesday due to yesterday being election day in Indiana.

During this meeting, the Board approved the hiring of a new Firefighter and Police Officer as well as conducting regular business.

Peru Fire Chief Erick Hawk requested the Board of Works approved the hiring of Patrick Comerford as a Probationary Firefighter contingent on PERF approval. The paperwork was sent to PERF but due to a mix up with the mail, his information got sent to the IRS in Texas and had to be returned to PERF in Indianapolis. Chief Hawk expects the approval to be back as early as Thursday. Mr. Comerford would start upon receipt of the approval. The Board approved the request on a voice vote.

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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.