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2/26/2013 5:37:00 AM
Alderman questions Peru BB Gun Club spending

Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

Peru Alderman Rodney Perez wants the city to explain spending on the new BB Gun Club that meets weekly in the basement of city hall.

At Monday’s council meeting Perez asked why a line in the disbursements of payments showed $3,700 for the club.

Perez and Alderwoman Sherry Mayszak have asked in recent meetings about city spending on the club, formed in January with the understanding it was supported by donations and overseen by the police department.

Perez said he added up city spending on the club and it came to a total of roughly $12,000.

“Everything over $5,000 is supposed to go to committee (for approval),” Perez said.

Treasurer Gary Hylla told Perez that spending by the city on the club has “not come anywhere close to what you indicated.”

Perez had copies of recent disbursements for the club and began reading them, first with $1,861.

“Here you go,” Perez said, handing them to Hylla.

“You can give them to me after the meeting,” Hylla said.

The vote to approve disbursements was 6-1, with Perez voting “nay.”

Other business:

n The council approved authorizing E-One to prepare specifications and a proposal for a new fire department pumper/rescue truck in accordance with state bid.

n The council approved an ordinance for a new five-year waste collection contract starting April 1 with RRD Holding Company doing business as Illinois Valley Waste Services Inc.

n The council approved an ordinance authorizing execution of a maintenance service agreement with Benson Technical Works for the localizer at Illinois Valley Regional Airport. The localizer is instrumentation that coordinates planes coming in to land.

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

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

if it were an annual expense it would still ne way to much.
the central question is still unanswered. are the so called volunteers get paid? where does the money go/ what is it used for?
to much money spent on to few for to little.

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous94934

I was able to do some fact checking, it is not a "monthly" expense. I understand where you are coming from, I guess I'm in a different place. I don't mind paying taxes when I see my tax dollars getting put to a good use. I'll gladly give up some of my personal income to help quality people out. I like the idea of a BB gun club especially when our local Police are helping out and being a positive influence on our local children. I'm grateful for our roads,clean water, orderly traffic, and libraries. These are what I focus on when I think of my tax dollars. If I put energy into all of the bs that also happens with our tax dollars I'd be a miserable person. As far as I know I will only live once, hoping to make it a good one. I do appreciate your opinions and appreciate that we can have an opinion that differs.

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

If I were twenty years younger I would concider doing just.
I may get around with some effort but age has not dulled my mind and my right to ask questions.
Perhaps if those like you asked those questions of the ones making policy instead of those questioning that policy the country would not be on the verge of bankrupcy.
As long as those like you are content, things will surlr get much worse, and so I ask again.
How does a BB gun club for a dozen or so children justify a twelve thousand monthly expence? And why should the taxpayers of Peru allow that?

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous94934

Metalworker, I have a friendly suggestion for you. If you truly would like the answer to the questions you pose I suggest you go to a council meeting and find out. When you get these answers will you please share your findings with your fellow Newstribune readers. You do a great job of asking questions and stirring the pot, but I never seem to find the results or answers from your postings. Keep up the great work, there are so many people that agree with your in depth analysis of city politics. You should get involved, with your attitude much could be accomplished.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

How does a city spend in excess of $12,000.00 on a BB gun club?
Were police officers on duty? Did aldermen collect a wage for a photo op?
A lot of questions and the main one in my opinion is how is a vote taken to pay bills that no one looked at, according to the story?
Are dues going to be charged for membership in this club? Who supplied the air rifles and ammo..
I saw kids, in the video, handling those guns in any thing but a safe manner. Where was the supervision. It looked like a crowed milling around while kids with guns were doing pretty much what they wanted.

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