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11/16/2012 5:03:00 PM
Peru settles sewer project with contractor

Alderman to drive bus on Small Business Saturday
Alderman Rodney Perez will drive the shopper bus on Saturday, Nov. 24 and on four more Saturdays this fall and winter as trial to see if riders need Saturday service, the Peru City Council was informed this week.
Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

The city of Peru has settled a dispute with a construction contractor regarding a sewer upgrade project that finished last fall.

The city council on Wednesday approved an agreement with T.J. Lambrecht Construction Inc., Joliet. The city has been negotiating with the company about unfinished work and payments on the two-year, $6 million project.

The bottom line is that the city paid the company $375,000 as final payment, much less than was originally in the contract. The agreement releases a warranty and performance bond and issues a certificate of completion, said Doug Schweickert, the city’s attorney.

The arduous negotiations often led to closed-door council sessions. Mayor Scott Harl said all subcontractors have been paid and the city keeps unused construction materials.

Other business:
* The council approved a settlement agreement concerning the death of Bryant G. Steinbach in 2001. The 14-year-old boy was driving a motorcycle along railroad tracks when he struck a metal wire crossing his path. The accident happened on a city easement on railroad property along the Illinois and Michigan Canal that it used for hydroelectric transmission. The family of the deceased filed a wrongful death lawsuit against railroad operator CSX Transportation and the city. The city’s insurance carrier and the railroad paid the family, Schweickert said.

* The council voted 7-1 to award a contract to Boehm Bros. of Peru for $155,239 to demolish the old powerhouse on Water Street. Alderman Rodney Perez voted “nay,” adding that his reasons came from a closed session and therefore he could not explain it publicly.

* Friends for Peru Pool and Hy-Vee raised $634.04 for a new outdoor swimming pool. Friends group co-chairmen Debbie Noonan and Gina Martin presented a check to city clerk David Bartley. The money was raised by customers submitting orange coupons at the checkout line Nov. 8-10 and Hy-Vee donating 5 percent of grocery bills to the pool.

* The Christmas parade is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 downtown.

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or perureporter

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