The Peru City Council voted Monday to approve an agreement with Merry Noonan, promoter of the benefit shows which this year include performances by country stars Gilbert Brantley and Tim McGraw.
City clerk Dave Bartley said the deal is the same as last year’s only now the city will handle parking (fee: $5 per car) as well as traffic control. Volunteers and paid staff are being procured to handle the traffic duties and to ensure safety.
n Separately, the city’s new BB-gun club had a competition with Oglesby’s more established club and lost — but only by a narrow margin that surprised Peru’s organizers.
Greg Vaccaro, one of the directors of the club, said Oglesby’s shooters tallied an average score of 94 and Peru’s newcomers trailed them with an average of 93, and trailed Oglesby in total score (of a possible 1,800) by about 1 percent.
“We lost by 19 points, which was phenomenal,” Vaccaro said.
n Also, the 2014 budget soon will be finalized and made ready for a public hearing set April 17, with passage expected at a council meeting to immediately follow. Alderman Dave Potthoff noted the coming budget is balanced and includes $1.5 million for street maintenance.
n Finally, the council asserted that they’re still willing to talk with corporate electrical customers unhappy with their rates, but the city has been locked out of recent talks.
Alderman Rodney Perez inquired about the progress of talks with Unytite and Maze Nail, two of the companies unhappy with a revised rate schedule that took effect in August. Some have even discussed moving operations out of the city.
In response, Mayor Scott Harl asserted that the city has never refused a meeting with any of its customers, but talks have faltered recently.
“We don’t know what they’re asking for right now,” Harl said, adding later, “They’re not inviting the city (into meetings) right now. I don’t know why.”
In other matters, the council:
n Approved sign variances for World Finance at its office located at Peru Marketplace near Sprint and Aspen Dental
n Adopted series of motions allowing Daniel and Rose Mary Carrico to partition 2 rural acres into lots to be rezoned and annexed into the city limits
n Approved a request by Steve and Kelli Rietgraf to construct a garage on two adjoining properties they own on Fourth Street and Monks Avenue.
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