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Hislop named acting highway superintendent

PERU The Peru Town Board has named David Hislop as acting highway superintendent. The appointment was made at a special meeting of the board Jan. 18. Mr. Hislop, who retired from the Peru Highway Department as a foreman in July 2007, succeeds Robert B. Robbie Timmons, who unexpectedly resigned effective Jan 21. Mr. Timmons was elected to the office in 2001 and ran unopposed for a four-year term in 2006. Town Supervisor Don Covel said Peru residents will vote to fill the position during the November 2008 elections. Supervisor Covel said if the town board had not appointed a person, the town would have been forced to hold a special election. The appointment was the least expensive course of action, said Supervisor Covel, adding six or seven individuals had expressed interest in the position. Co-workers and friends from Peru and neighboring communities surprised Mr. Timmons by attending a party in his honor at Crickets Restaurant Jan. 18. Mr. Timmons thanked his brother, Greg Timmons, and his secretary, Carlene Heipel, for organizing the party and said, Thanks for the support from the people who came to the party and the people of the town who supported me when I ran for office. In announcing his resignation, Mr. Timmons cited the time he has been forced to spend away from his family as his primary reason for leaving. Mr. Timmons said his seven- and 10-year-old daughters had asked him to quit, and he noted he hadnt been home long enough to put up the family Christmas tree. You know how quickly they grow up. Im not going to miss that, Mr. Timmons said, expressing relief at having resigned. Mr. Timmons said the towns six snowplows were on the road day and night during the December snowfalls. He was either out plowing or in the town garage helping with repairs. When Channel Five News said that our December snowfalls were in record amounts, it kind of said everything, said Mr. Timmons. I said OK, I cant take any more. Mr. Timmons further related a story about the pressures of the highway superintendents job that many people might not realize. Shortly after I took office, I received a letter from a father who said that his daughters car had left a town highway when she hit a snowdrift, he said. The man was concerned about road conditions. Can you imagine how I would have felt if his daughters car had left the highway, struck a tree or pole and she had been killed? I wouldnt have been able to sleep at night. Mr. Timmons said he has not made a decision as to his future employment.

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