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3/7/2013 5:54:00 AM
Lengthy report details Peru BB Gun Club funding

Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

At the end of a lengthy discussion Wednesday at the Peru City Council meeting about funding sources for the city’s new BB Gun Club, treasurer Gary Hylla was thanked for his time producing a report with attached copies of all invoices, about a quarter-inch thick.
Hylla said he spent about three days on it. The report showed the city’s net cost was $3,812.98, most of it on remodeling basement space in city hall to create a club room and target range for the youth club.
“It just doesn’t look like it’s a huge expense for the city,” Hylla said.
Hylla was prompted to investigate city spending on the club by queries in recent council meetings from Aldermen Rodney Perez and Sherry Mayszak.
The report broke out expenses:
n Maze Lumber Co., $5,683.40
n ACE Hardware, $2,916.97
n Menards, $1,173.20.
n Seton, $183.19.
n Connor Co., $569.55.
n Tri-State Fire Control, $210
n Police enforcement fund expenses, $2,746.67 (Peru police signed on to support the club).
This totaled $13,482.98. The report added $1,000 in operating expenses. It subtracted $5,000 in donations from the police drug enforcement account and $5,670 in public donations collected, leaving a net cost to the city’s general fund of $3,812.98.
Greg Vaccaro, volunteer director of the club, went to the podium in council chambers and said 65 kids, six police officers and 22 volunteers assemble each Tuesday night in the room for youths to shoot at targets.
Much of the labor and materials were donated to build the club room. In-kind donations were more than $3,000, Vaccaro said. Fifty-one people donated cash. This first year of start-up will be more expensive than following years, he said.
Boy and Girl scout troops and other organizations are invited to use the club room as well, Vaccaro said.
“I’ve seen a couple of aldermen shoot pretty well and some who have not,” Vaccaro said.
“And you always need additional targets,” Alderman Dave Potthoff said.
Perez ended the discussion by saying he was not questioning the value of the club but wanted a report of city expenses for it.
Other business:
- The Finance Committee Wednesday was apprised of economic development by Bob Vickrey, community development director, according to committeeman Potthoff.
There is interest in new manufacturing. An economic development portal on the city’s website received 500 hits last month, each one lasting an average of 4 minutes and 35 seconds. Nearly three of four were new visitors and one of four were second-time visitors. Realtors are using the site, Potthoff said.
- The council awarded a bid for the west sewage plant sludge dewatering facility project to D.J. Sickley Construction Company Inc. for $731,153; approved a contract with Trileaf for tower mapping of water tower at Trompeter Road for $4,500 and ground audit of cell tower at Washington Park in the amount of $800; and authorized bid-letting for another phase of sewer separation, this one in the southeast side of town. The sewage plant project will be paid using cash on-hand in the water and sewer fund and the sewer separation will be funded with the half-cent home sales tax designated for infrastructure, Mayor Scott Harl said.
- A new outdoors pool design committee met Wednesday and discussed affordable designs and ways of funding it.
The committee is made up of Friends of Peru Pool members, Alderwoman Sherry Mayszak, and members of Chamlin & Associates, engineering consultant for the city, who donate their time, Mayszak said.
- The city is preparing to gather proposals to remove remaining asbestos in the abandoned Kings Inn on May Road, said Mike Perry of Chamlin & Associates. Bids are due April 15.
This will precede demolition bids. The old motel could be razed by mid-year, he said.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

WOW! and I ask to many questions.
The final tally about one third of the bills presented for payment and the person wo gave an itemized account is praised by the mayor for taking the time to present an accurate accounting.
People of Peru and surrounding towns do U now give more thought to where and how your tax dollar are being spent?

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