IMPERUVING AS ONE
Work together to promote a unified and vibrant community by connecting people, ideas and resources to achieve the best future for the City of Peru and Peru State College.
Peru will be a welcoming, thriving and engaged community with exceptional amenities that attract people to live, work, visit and learn.
Angela Allgood, ImPERUving as oNE Chairman
Rob Walker, Western National Bank
Cecilia Striler, Western National Bank
Todd Calfee, Western National Bank
DJ Schmidt, The Market - Peru
Lindy Schmidt, The Market - Peru
David Pease, Peru Mayor
Vanessa Sherman, PSC alumnus / Peru resident
Michael Evans, Peru State College, President
Kelcie Keeling, Peru State College Director of Marketing
Kyle Pond, Peru State College Athletics Director
Daniel Hutchison, Northridge Church
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City DumpPeru has no city dump allowing everything; however, there is a brush pile for disposal of brush, leaves and clean lumber, and a whitegoods pile for disposal of refrigerators, metal, and the like. The brush pile is open 24/7 and is located on the north side of the river road, approximately 1 mile from town. To access it, turn east off of 5th street at the north end of town one block north of City Hall. Only brush, clean lumber and leaves removed from plastic bags are allowed. Leaves should be dumped in a separate pile from brush/lumber. The dump does not allow disposal of lumber containing nails, glass, etc. The white goods pile is located just south and slightly west of Mount Vernon Cemetary on the south side of the road. A sign on the gate gives specific regulations on what can be dumped. TV's and other electronics and home furnishings are not allowed - items such as grills, appliances, and old metal swingsets, are. If in doubt, contact City Hall at 402-402-872-6685 to ask.
Elections & VotingElections in Peru are held every two years. The Primary Election is held the 2nd Tuesday in May and the General Election is held the 1st Tuesday in November. The Mayor and Council serve a 4 year term, with Council alternating every two years. For more information about voting and the election process in Nemaha County, please contact the County Clerk's Office at 402-274-4213.
Law EnforcementThe City of Peru is covered by the Nemaha County Sheriff's Department, For emergencies dial 911 The Sheriff's Office non-emergency phone number is 402-274-3139 For any other information please go to nemahacounty.ne.gov/sheriff
WaterThe City of Peru provides water to their residents from a ground well. We currently have one well, which will serve the community until a permanent connection to Auburn water occurs in late spring or fall of 2023. With Peru being located in the Missouri River basin, we naturally have high iron and manganese in our water. Peru contracts with Auburn Board of Public Works to operate our temporary plant and successfully treat these issues. Peru does not add fluoride to their drinking water. If you ever have water issues or concerns, please contact the City Office at 402-872-6685.
Cemetery and FuneralsMount Vernon Cemetery is managed by the local Cemetery Board. Contact Shirley Robbins, 402-274-8176, for information on purchasing a burial plot, and Theresa Westfall, to arrange a funeral meal. Contact Phil Wemhoff, cemetery caretaker, for upkeep concerns: 402-274-8741. Local Funeral Homes: Hall Funeral Chapel - 707 15th Street, Auburn, NE Hall Family Funeral Services Hemmingsen Funeral Home, 801 S Street, Auburn, NE Hemmingsen Funeral Home - Auburn, NE
Animal LicensingThe City of Peru requires all residents, including college students to license their pets. Ordinance 2023-14 requires owners of a dog or cat over the age of 6 months, within 30 days of acquisition of the dog or cat to acquire a license for the animal yearly by or before January 1st of each year. The license taxes and fees for a spayed or neutered dog or cat totals $5 per animal. The license and fees for a intact dog or cat totals $20 per animal. Please license your dog or cat by January 31st each year to avoid a $5 per animal late fee. At the time of licensing, proof of sex for each dog or cat must be included with a current certificate of rabies vaccination, before a license shall be issued. The license will include a metal tag, this tag and the rabies tag must be properly attached to the collar or harness of the dog or cat and is valid until December 31st of the year issued. A copy of the license form can be obtained at City Hall or can be downloaded below. If you are a landlord and you know a tenant has a pet, please make sure they are aware of the ordinance and how important licensing is, not only for the protection of the public, but also the well-being of their pet. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City Office or the Animal Humanity and Control Committee. Contact the City Office at 614 5th Street, Peru, NE 68421, 402-872-6685, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rent City HallCity hall can be rented by the public, and city streets can be closed for an event if approved by the city clerk and/or City Council. City hall rental is free for 501(c)(3) organizations, $40 for non-profit groups, and $60 for profit groups. Contact the city clerk for a City Hall rental form to request the space and check the calendar. The form will provide a space to request the appropriate number of chairs and tables in your desired configuration indoors, and to reserve the appropriate number of trash containers, etc. if you are using the outside space as well. Request forms can be found below, and can be submitted to email@example.com To request a street closure for an event, you will need to speak with the clerk and have your request placed on the City Council agenda. The City Council meets in City Hall the third Monday of each month at 6:00.
PermitsPeddler Permits are required by any person or persons wishing to sell their goods within the city limits of City of Peru. The peddler permit fee is $3.00 per day. Building Permits are required by any person within the city limits of the City of Peru, and a 1-mile extension outside the city limits of the City of Peru. Any person making changes to their existing property or erecting a new structure MUST obtain a building permit. This includes the installation of business signage. The price varies and depends on the value of the project. If you have any questions about this, please contact the City Office at 402-872-6685. Burn Permits are required except when burning trash in a burn container with screen or when using an appropriately designed fire pit. Burn Permits are available through the City Clerk, who will check with the fire marshal before issuing one. Burners are required to identify the date and time of their burn and supervise the burn at all times.
HousingThe City of Peru operates in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law: It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale or rental of housing or residential lots, in advertising the sale or rental of housing, in the financing of housing, in the provision of real estate brokerage services, and in the appraisal of housing. Blockbusting is also illegal. Anyone who feels that they have been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination by calling 1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY). Written complaints may also be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Washington, D.C. 20410.
Garbage & RecyclingTrash service is required as part of all water connections in the City of Peru and is provided by American Sanitation & Recycling. Trash is picked up every Monday morning, with charges added to the customer's water bill. Additional Trash: Bulk items, remodel material, computer monitors, TVs, and extra trash will be picked up on your regular service day if prior arrangements have been made with American Sanitation & Recycling. Please call the office at least one day in advance to schedule pickup. The cost for this service varies according to volume and item. Mattresses: Mattresses require being wrapped in plastic and an additional charge: $7.50 - twin, $15 - double/queen, $20 -king. Mattress bags can be purchased at most U-Haul stores for approximately $5. They will be picked up with prior notice. Special Pickup: Please call American Sanitation & Recycling to arrange a special pick up of appliances, tires, and yard waste. The cost of this service varies according to volume and item. If you have questions about what the trash collectors will pick up, call them. The main office can be contacted at 402-874-9291. There is currently a recycling bin located at the north end of town where 5th Street turns west. It accepts cardboard, plastics, and cans. Boxes should be broken down, and cans and plastics should be removed from plastic bags before being placed into the container. Bin doors can be opened from the front and back. If it looks full on one side, try the other.
Flood Response ReportsNovember 25, 2020 November 20, 2020 October 23, 2020 September 25, 2020 January 24, 2020 January 10, 2020 November 15, 2019 October 18, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 6, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 2, 2019 July 26, 2019
ECONOMIC/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
ImPERUving as oNE is here to help businesses grow and thrive in the City of Peru. Check out some of the Local businesses below.
PERU AREA BUSINESSES
WESTERN NATIONAL BANK
622 5th Street
Peru, NE 68421
Community bank that is family owned and operated with 11 locations throughout Nebraska and Kansas.
Open Monday - Friday | 9am - 4pm
THE MARKET - PERU
623 5th St
Peru, NE 68421
The Market is your full service, MODERN grocery store that’s local…just like you always wanted.
Open Mon - Sat | noon - 8pm and Sunday | noon - 5pm
605 5th St
Peru, NE 68421
Home town bar and grill.
Open Tuesday - Sunday at 11am.