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Council takes on accounting mess

Board members examine transferring of finances

The Peru Town Council discussed accounting problems at its Aug. 22 meeting. From left to right are: Council Member Susan Polhemus, Council Member Kregg Bruno, Town Attorney Donald Biggs, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Council Member Brandy McDonald, and Council Member James Douglas.

The Peru Town Council discussed accounting problems at its Aug. 22 meeting. From left to right are: Council Member Susan Polhemus, Council Member Kregg Bruno, Town Attorney Donald Biggs, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Council Member Brandy McDonald, and Council Member James Douglas. Photo by Jon Hochschartner.

— “I hate to raise this ghost up,” Glushko said. “You go back to 2006 when the comptroller came in, threw their hands up, and said, ‘We can’t do anything. We don’t have any idea what’s going on.’ Well that didn’t just stop suddenly. Some of that stuff continued.”

In other regular business:

The board briefly discussed the highway work done for Jay during the spring flooding by Peru workers, which is believed to have cost tens of thousands of dollars, before taking the issue into executive session.

Jay and Peru have a contract under which they share services. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said in getting Peru compensation from Jay, he didn’t want to wreck his contacts with the town.

“It’s a touchy subject with me because we have a good working relationship and I really don’t want to screw it up,” Farrell said. “But I understand the board’s way of thinking too. It’s a double-edged sword.”

The supervisor, on Aug. 22, estimated the cost of assistance provided by Peru to Jay during the flooding to be around $25,000. Glushko said he hoped this will be repaid with an increased number of Jay’s services shared with Peru.

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