Peru residents soon will be able to pay their utility bill online after city council members agreed to a software purchase.
City aldermen voted unanimously Monday during their regular meeting to purchase software for $3,440 from Online Utility Account Management that will allow residents a variety of bill payment options and features.
“It’s an upgrade that will allow residents to have a lot of options,” said city clerk David Bartley. “It’s very resident-friendly.”
The new software will have features that allow residents to pay their utility bills through direct withdrawal either from credit cards or bank accounts and view monthly usage comparison reports.
In other business:
Þ Aldermen tabled approval of a $3,000 contribution to North Central Illinois Council of Governments for the city’s local share of a 50/50 annual planning grant from U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration.
Þ Aldermen approved a proposal from Ladzinski Cement in the amount of $15,437 for Sixth Street curb and gutter replacement near Illinois Valley Community Hospital.
Þ Aldermen approved a bid from Dueco for an electric department truck in the amount of $192,738. This was the second lowest bidder because the lowest bidder did not meet specifications.
Þ The council was notified by Illinois Commerce Commission that the railroad crossing at Plain Street would be replaced. The upgrade will not cost the city.
Þ Peru Fire Chief Jeff King notified the council that the fire department’s MDA Boot Drop raised about $3,400. King also thanked all who participated.
Þ Zoning variances were passed for Mendota Broadcasting, Inc. for its site at 3905 Progress Blvd. and for Bryan and Catherine Jones concerning property located at 1821 15 th Street.
Þ The council received communications from Jim Schaefer, director of Care Today & The Center of Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics requesting permission to hold the IVCH Fall Fitness 5K run on Sept. 7; and from Rob Clydesdale, Link Crew Advisor for La Salle-Peru Township High School requesting permission to hold the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. Oct. 3.
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