PERU - It's a new year with some new faces at the helm of the Peru Town Council.
After a turbulent year involving allegations and a conviction of misconduct by former Town Supervisor Donald E. Covel Jr. which ultimately lead to his leaving office, the council is making an effort to put the past behind them, according to new Town Supervisor Peter G. Glushko.
Already, Glushko, who served as a councilman under the previous administration, said he has seen an improvement in the atmosphere among the council, which includes newest councilors Susan E. Polhemus, Kregg M. Bruno and James T. Douglass and veteran member Brandy L. McDonald.
"The tension isn't there. When things are tense and people aren't willing to work with each other, it's hard to get things done," said Glushko. "This board is very much like the boards of the past."
The supervisor said he considers the issue involving his immediate predecessor "closed" and that he and the council are "looking forward."
"We've got fresh faces and with fresh faces come fresh ideas," said Glushko. "Peru's always been a very progressive town and I think you'll see us back moving at a much faster clip now as we progress and try to grow the town responsibly and meet the needs of the taxpayers that live in the town."
Glushko said while there are no major issues immediately facing the town, several items will be on the table for examination in the months ahead. The development of a town walking trail, sidewalk construction to the Peru Central School District on School Street, and continued preservation of the Heyworth-Mason Building are among the items of chief concern for the new year, the supervisor said, with the council also in the process of "looking at and pursuing as many grants as possible" for projects that will benefit the town.