Annual recertification of local first responder licenses now costs $20 through the Illinois Department of Health, Peru police chief Doug Bernabei told the city council Monday.
This represents a new local cost and a way for the state to gather more revenue, Bernabei said. This could come to $3,000 to $5,000 per year in the city of Peru alone, he said.
“And all of that money is going to get pumped down toSpringfield,” Bernabei said. “There’s probably more to come.”
The police department recently incurred a state bill of $120 to recertify six police officers as first responders. In prior years, ambulance, police and fire officers were recertified for free byIllinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru, Bernabei said.
“Pretty soon they’ll be charging for the air we breathe,” Alderman Dave Potthoff said.
“Don’t give them any ideas,” Alderman Tony Ferrari said.
Other council business:
* The fire department wants to buy a new fire engine for about $525,000 to replace a 33-year-old engine, chief Jeff King said. The new engine will be bought through state bid, he said. King will provide a proposal from E-One ofOcala,Fla., to the council for a vote and if approved, the truck would be delivered in December, King said. The department’s other two engines are 27 years old and 17 years old, and the oldest will need replacement in five years, King said.
* The council approved the fiscal year 2012 financial audit, which showed a general fund surplus of about $757,000, about $892,000 in debt payments and depreciation of about $3.5 million, Treasurer Gary Hylla said. The audit showed “a decent year” with “good numbers,” he said.
* The council tabled approval of a five-year garbage-hauling contract with Illinois Valley Waste Services.
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