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Sixth and Broadway sidewalk closed until Friday

BY ANTHONY LOMBARDI - alombardi@perutribune.com

Routine restoration on a building has resulted in a portion of downtown Peru getting roped off during business hours through Friday. 

The Peru Board of Works approved Masonry Solutions’ request to block off four parking spots on the Sixth Street side of the Peru-Miami Masonic Lodge and part of the sidewalk on Sixth Street and North Broadway. 

The board just had one stipulation. “My only concern would be the kids being able to walk on the sidewalk when they’re going to and from school,” Peru Mayor Gabe Greer said at Monday’s meeting.

Masonry Solutions’ owner Mike Williams told the board he would make sure students have access to the sidewalk on Broadway no later than 2:45 p.m. 

Cody Rutledge, a laborer with Masonry Solutions, said the work day usually wraps up around 5 p.m. for the company, and the sidewalks and parking spots will be accessible from then until about 9 a.m. the next day.

With the work that’s currently being done, which includes using an aerial lift to damp proof the structure and correcting the building’s flat patches, Masonry Solutions’ officials figured they’d rather be safe than sorry. 

“A lot of the work we’re doing, especially when we are tearing these capstones off, people can’t be below,” Rutledge said. “Something falls, and it’s going to fall on somebody. It can be a little dangerous.” 

Williams said, weather permitting, his crew should be finished by Friday. But with the amount of rain the area’s received in the three weeks since the project started, he didn’t want to take any chances. 

Representatives from the Peru Police Department and the Peru Fire Department didn’t have a problem with Williams’ request.