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La Salle to repair leaking water tower

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2014

A leaking water tower will be drained and repaired in La Salle.  The tower on Ninth Street has a significant leak according to Public Works Superintendent Jeff Bumgarner.

He explained the situation Tuesday night to the city council.  An outside engineer inspected the tower and recommended it be repaired in one to two years. The tower will also be drained and painted.

Bumgarner was given permission to move forward with the repairs.  The work will be put out for bids.   Bumgarner thinks after it is repaired the tower should be in good shape for another 30 years.

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Peru hires Ossola for storm sewer seperation work

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2014

Storm and sanitary sewer separation is on going in Peru. For several years, contractors have been digging up the old sewer pipe and replacing it with separate lines for storm water and wastewater from homes.

Work will continue this summer on the south side of Peru where engineers call “Area One.” The city council Monday hired J.W. Ossola for $944,000. They’ll be working in the area of the old Riverview Tavern along Center Street to West Street.

Ossola was also hired for water treatment plant piping improvements at a cost of $71,000.

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Group indicted for burglary in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2014

One week after getting arrested for allegedly stealing from a parked car, four people were indicted for burglary. Amey McDonnell of Joliet, Derrick Aquino of Marseilles, and Jose Avila and Anthony Brito, Jr. of Ottawa were arrested after someone in rural Utica noticed a group of people trying to steal from their car and called the police.  They were indicted Tuesday in La Salle County.

La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped and arrested the four in Utica. They all remain in jail.

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Fire guts home in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2014

A man from Mendota is without a house after his caught fire.

Mendota, Peru and Troy Grove firefighters were called out to a fire Monday night at Jose Escatel’s place on Fifth Street. Escatel was able to get out of the home okay.

While firefighters think the blaze started in the one-story home’s basement, the cause of the fire is undetermined. They were at the fire scene for nearly three hours.

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Public forum to be held for splash pad proposal

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2014

A splash pad is the first phase in Friends for Peru Pool’s vision of a new pool.  They are holding a public forum Monday, May 12 to explain their plans and hear from you.

The group has raised more than $100,000 over the past several years.  They want to combine that money with a state OSLAD grant to place a splash pad at Washington Park.

The meeting will be at 7pm in City Hall.

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Peru replacing red street signs for blue

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2014

You know you are in Peru and not La Salle when the street signs are red but that handy rule of thumb will gradually be changing.

A change in federal road sign requirements means Peru will have to phase out their red street signs for ones of another color.  Alderman Dave Waldorf says they have decided to use blue signs with white letters.

Immediately 54 intersections will have to get the new blue signs.  The rest of the signs will be replaced as they become damaged or hard to read.

You will find a new blue sign already up at Seventh and Rock Streets.

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Utica marks ten year anniversary of deadly tornado

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2014

With showers falling from an ominous sky, prayers and song were used Monday evening to remember the deadly Utica tornado of April 20th, 2004.

Pastor Lloyd Johnson of the Utica Baptist Church talked about the moments of destruction and despair after the storm killed nine people. He gave credit though to village leaders and first responders for helping the village “rise from the ashes like a phoenix”.

Village President Gloria Alvarado says they continue to mourn those who died but also reflect on how the village has been rebuilt and improved since the storm. Everyone who spoke gave thanks to late-mayor Fred Esmond leading the village thru the recovery. Alvarado credited Esmond’s calm, strong leadership with propelling the village forward.

The short ceremony ended with the unveiling of a new sculpture made by Peru artist Steve Seaborn sitting just to the west of the tornado memorial. The sculpture features nine, stainless-steal hearts symbolizing the storm victims.

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Auditions for “Annie” to be held in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2014

The popular story of an orphan and her dog will come alive at Stage 212 in La Salle. “Annie” is being performed in July. Auditions will be Saturday and Sunday.

Children and adults are encouraged to try out. Girls in second through 10th grade are needed to play the orphans. It will be directed by Robert Kinsella.

Children’s auditions are at 4pm Saturday with the adults trying out at 7pm. Extra auditions will be held Sunday at 1pm.

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Woman injured after crash on Route 89

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2014

If you heard a helicopter flying over Putnam County it was for a crash on Route 89. Sheriff’s deputies say Heather Turner of Amarillo, Texas was heading south on Route 89 near McNabb Sunday afternoon when she hit another car and lost control.

Turner’s car would go airborne before hitting a second car and rolling several times according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Turner was taken from the scene by helicopter to St. Francis Medical in Peoria. Her condition was not available.

Laura Smith of Peru and Cassie Danekas of Oglesby were driving the other cars and didn’t need to be treated for their injuries.

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Motorcyclist injured during crash on Route 71

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2014

An Easter afternoon motorcycle ride quickly turned an ambulance ride to the hospital. State Police say Brian Ford of Princeton was riding on Route 71 near Starved Rock State Park when he hit a car that had stopped in traffic.

Ford was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital. The people in the car weren’t hurt. Ford was ticketed for not slowing down to avoid an accident and a violation of motorcycle classification.

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