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1/11/2013 6:40:00 PM
Perez, Potthoff at odds over donation request

Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

During the Peru City Council meeting Wednesday, Alderman Rodney Perez asked the city to handle donations to Operation Prom-ise, an annual program around prom time to educate teenagers and the community about drinking and driving.

Alderman Dave Potthoff and Bartley said the city has decided this is best handled by Peru’s Liberty Fire Company, a not-for-profit organization comprised of firefighters that supports the fire department. Perez is a firefighter but is not a member of Liberty.

Fire chief Jeff King and Perez said it is difficult to tell if donated checks are to support the Fire Company or Operation Prom-ise. Potthoff said Liberty is the best entity to control the program, with an elected board that oversees finances.

Donors are asked to indicate on checks if money is directed to the Fire Company or Operation Prom-ise. Perez was not swayed, and asked that a vote be taken Monday to have the city handle finances of Operation Prom-ise.

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