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Operation Prom-ise to operate outside of Peru

Posted by wlpo on January 24, 2013

The program that teaches area teens not to drink and drive will continue but probably won’t be filming in Peru again.  Peru Alderman and Firefighter Rodney Perez says Operation Promise, the program that includes an anti-teen drinking short film, will likely be moved to another town since the Peru City Council doesn’t want to handle the books for it.  He also plans to establish it as a non-profit organization.

The debate came to a head Wednesday night.  After arguing that the city should continue accepting donations and writing the checks for Operation Promise, Perez told the council he knew that they were trying to snowball him and that it wasn’t about the accounting, it was about him.

Mayor Scott Harl, Alderman Dave Potthoff, and others disagreed, saying in the past there hasn’t been a committee to oversee the spending, just Perez.  They also said that the city supports the program because they close down city streets for it and use City of Peru police officers and fire fighters.

Perez had a group of supporters in the audience.  Nancy Burress of Granville made an emotional plea to the council to continue supporting the program.  Burress lost her daughter in alcohol related crash.

Perez says the program has been funded through donations that have either been handled by the Peru Fire Department or the city clerk’s office.

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