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BOW approves speed change on Mexico Road

SLOW DOWN:A new speed limit sign and speed marker has been installed at Mexico Road on the north side of Peru for the temporary speed limit drop.

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com

The City of Peru Board of Works decided to temporarily change the speed limit of North Mexico Road from 45 miles per hour to 20 during their meeting Tuesday evening, citing deplorable road conditions.

The topic was a late addition to the agenda, but something Peru Mayor Gabe Greer felt necessary to bring up in a public forum.

According to members of the Peru Street Department, there was talk about putting up a sign essentially warning drivers to travel the approximately half mile stretch of the road at their own risk, but the decision was made to lower the speed limit until it is repaved.

“I spoke to Gaunt and Sons this morning and they have it at the front of their list of projects,” Greer said. “They have to wait for the asphalt company to mix the asphalt.”

Greer also said the company Gaunt and Son Asphalt out of Wabash has been contracted for upcoming roadwork throughout the city, but that company subcontracts some of its work, so they need to make sure everything is ready before they can start.

“They’re putting us at the front of the line, but it’s going to be completely dependent on the weather,” Greer said.

Greer also said Mexico Road will be the first one done once the roadwork commences in the upcoming season.

Also discussed was a new sidewalk repair initiative throughout the city.

The Peru Street Department already has a program in place in which they will come and take out old sidewalks and clear away the rubble for free. Now, with the new program, residents may get reimbursed up to $1000 for sidewalks repairs.

According to Greer, the City budgeted $35,000 for sidewalk repairs this year.

In order to receive the reimbursement, Peru residents must get their sidewalk replaced first, then bring in documentation and fill out an application for reimbursement.

“They can get up to $500 for frontage and up to $1000 for side sidewalks, since they’re longer,” Greer said.

The program is not a full matching program, but reimbursements will be determined by square footage, and funds are available on a first come, first served basis until the $35,000 has been accounted for.

Greer said the city will look at the usage of funds and will reevaluate the need for the adjustment of funds budgeted for next year as need be.