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Peru discusses Amuesment Tax and movie theater incentives

Posted by wlpo on January 27, 2015

Keeping a movie theater in Peru will likely mean the city will have to offer an incentive to the developer. City officials and their attorneys have been working on a development agreement with DMAR, LLC to have a new Carmike Cinemas built north of Hy-Vee.

DMAR wants to buy the land, build the theater, and sell it to a company that would lease it to Carmike Cinemas according to attorney Doug Schweickert. He explained the situation during a city council meeting Monday night.

Schweickert says they have tried to get the theater to stay in the mall but the theater doesn’t plan on staying. Their mall lease expires at the end of 2015.

City officials want to at least keep the theater in Peru, but according to Schweickert the developer wants an incentive. The proposal as it stands now would have the city giving the developer $875,000 after the first ticket sells. Schweickert says the developer had wanted the money sooner but the city wanted a performance bond.

Movie-goers would be making up the incentive by paying a seven percent Amusement Tax. The tax would be collected by the theater and paid to the city. The council could have approved the tax Monday night but didn’t take action.

Once approved, it could start as soon as March 1. Events held by non-profit clubs and schools would be exempt.

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Black ice contributing to Monday evening traffic accidents

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2015

Icy roads contributed to dozens of accidents across the Illinois Valley. Freezing drizzle late Monday afternoon left roads covered with black ice.

Truck accidents slowed traffic on Interstate 39 between Mendota and Interstate 80. Numerous people ended up in ditches or yards. Most of the accidents were minor but there were several people injured.

Please so down and be prepared to stop. The National Weather Service issued a Freezing Rain Advisory until 6am Tuesday.

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Peru man arrested for allegedly claiming to have a bomb

Posted by wlpo on January 23, 2015

Claim you have a bomb and it will be taken seriously. A student at Illinois Valley Community College was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly making a statement Wednesday evening that he had a bomb in his book bag.

Oglesby Police Chief Jim Knoblauch says Robert Jasper of Peru was searched by campus security Wednesday evening. No bomb was found. The investigation was given to the Oglesby Police Thursday morning.

Jasper faces a charge of felony disorderly conduct and is being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Committee being formed to consider a city administrator in Peru

Posted by wlpo on January 13, 2015

Does Peru need another employee to track the city’s money? The mayor and a couple of aldermen think it would be worth the city’s money to hire a city administrator.

Mayor Scott Harl brought up the idea Monday night. He says a town with a $50 million budget could benefit from an administrator. He thinks an administrator would manage the city’s finances or economic development. Aldermen Rodney Perez and Dave Potthoff think a city administrator would be well worth the city’s money.

The other council members will need more swaying. Alderman Tony Ferrari says for the cost of an administrator they could hire two other workers. Alderman Dave Waldorf says they could use the money to replace sewer lines or to cut property taxes. Harl estimated an admin’s salary and benefits would cost up to $175,000 annually.

Harl is working on putting together a committee of seven community members to consider if the position is needed.

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Sand plant and movie theater among big projects planned for Peru in 2015

Posted by wlpo on January 12, 2015

Peru could see $100 million in economic development in 2015 and it won’t all be wrapped up in shopping centers. One of the larger projects is a sand processing and loading plant according to Economic Development Director Bob Vickery. A new theater for Carmike Cinemas would also be a $10 million project. Vickery says of course there could be more retail.  He says six nationally known stores are interested in Peru.

North of Interstate 80, a hotel group is showing interest in the land that used to be a Holiday Inn. The old building was torn down last year.

The push to create interest in Route 6 will continue. Vickery says the city wants to hang banners along the road promoting the route. He’s also happy to see business owners using a city sponsored façade improvement program.

You can hear more about economic development in Peru by listening to an interview that’s available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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Fundraising group looking forward to bringing new features to Peru park

Posted by wlpo on January 8, 2015

Saturday was a day for members of Friends for Peru Pool to celebrate. The group and city officials announced that Peru is receiving a $256,000 state grant for a splash pad. Applying for the grant was an effort that included Friends for Peru Pool and engineers designing park features that would attract people of all ages to Washington Park.

Claudia Mikyska is a member of Friends for Peru Pool. She says they were very involved with the design of the splash pads and expects them to stay involved.

She says the splash pad, volleyball court, bocce ball court and parking are part of what they’re calling phase one. Phase two would include a swimming pool.

Friends for Peru Pool is contributing $100,000 toward the grant match. The match will take most of the money they’ve been able to raise, but Mikyska is hopeful that more people donate after they see things actually being done.

The group is already planning their next fundraiser.

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Auction clears space for the Peru Public Works Department

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2014

A 1975 fuel truck sold for $1,700 while a 1985 van sold for $400 during an auction held by the Peru’s Public Works Department.

The auction held last week was a way for the public works department to clean house and make a few dollars.

Police Chief and Public Works Administrator Doug Bernabei was happy with the results. He says most of the items were sold and picked up. They made an estimated $13,000. The most valuable item was a 1999 one-ton pickup that sold for $6,100.

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Garbage man thanked for putting out a fire in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2014

You never know who could be your hero. For Marian Cichy of Peru, her hero was the garbage man.

Jamie Levi of Illinois Valley Waste Services was on his route near Cichy’s house on December 16. While he went from house-to-house collecting trash, flames began to shoot out from Cichy’s gas stove.

Cichy was able to get Levi’s attention. Using two fire extinguishers, Levi was able to put out the fire before the fire department arrived. Levi was thanked by Peru Fire Chief Jeff King and the city council Monday night.

Going beyond the normal job duties wasn’t new for Levi. Cichy says Levi always carries her garbage cans back to the house because he knows it would be difficult for her to do while using a wheelchair. Cichy says Levi is her angel.

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Area man to be recognized for putting out a fire in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 27, 2014

A fire has started in your kitchen but you alone can’t put it out. What do you do? You shout for help.

A woman in Peru had an Illinois Valley Waste Services worker come to her aid on December 16. Her stove had started on fire. Jamie Levi was able to put the fire out before the fire department arrived.

Levi is being recognized by the Peru City Council at 7:30pm Monday.

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Peru man dies after single-car crash

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2014

A one-car crash in rural La Salle County killed a man from Peru. Investigators say 47-year-old Thomas Bergen was heading west on North 33rd Road around 6:42am Wednesday when he went off the road and rolled several times.

Bergen was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is being investigated by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office.

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