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9/6/2013 9:35:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Competitive bidding not enforced in Peru

During the public works meeting held on Aug. 19, 2013, a discussion/recommendation to renew the TEST contract was addressed.
Both Alderman Waldorf and Alderman Lukosus stated they recommended the renewal of the TEST contract without going out for bids. They had treasurer Hylla read a scenario of what possible costs could be. He stated six full-time employees salary of $315,000 per year and testing costs of $289,100 per year. Does TEST currently have six full-time employees at the water/wastewater plants now? Or four full-time employees plus the cost of a secretary and company President Perra? TEST has never explained how many are really employed at the water/wastewater locations.
How many tests are performed to achieve a cost of $289,100? I can understand biological wastewater reporting and testing and chloride testing of drinking water but at $100 to $150 a test this is an amazing amount of tests preformed. TEST has held this contract without going out for bids for many years. Why? Do certain individuals own interest in this company that are or were on the city payroll?
It is time to require our City of Peru administrators to place this contract out for bids. Why the rush now? The contract does not expire until December 2013.
During the Aug. 26, 2013 regular council meeting representatives from a water/wastewater treatment company were in attendance and an elderly woman from Peru sitting near them. The Mayor saw new faces and came over to ask what their purpose was in attending the meeting. They stated their purpose, the mayor left and had Clerk Bartley return to them and inform them they would not be allowed to speak even during the public comment time at the end of the meeting. The city was wrong according to the meeting rules. Clerk Bartley called the representative on Tuesday to inform her they were wrong.
Citizens of Peru need to contact their elected aldermen and mayor and voice their displeasure of a Carte Blanc contract for TEST. I attended both these meetings and will continue to attend meetings to get the correct information out to the citizens of Peru. 
                                    Mike Hart,

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