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Resident Services

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  • City Dump
    Peru 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 & Voting
    Elections 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 Enforcement
    The City of Peru is covered by the Nemaha County Sheriff's Department. For emergencies, please dial 911 The Sheriff's Office non-emergency phone number is 402-274-3139 For any other information please go to
  • Water
    The waterline connection with Auburn water will occur in Winter 2023 or Spring 2024. Peru contracts with the Auburn Board of Public Works to operate our temporary plant. If you ever have water issues or concerns, please contact the City Office at 402-872-6685.
  • Cemetery and Funerals
    Mount Vernon Cemetery is managed by the local Cemetery Board. Contact Shirley Robbins, 402-274-8176, for information on purchasing a burial plot and funeral meals, please contact Theresa Westfall. 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 Licensing
    The 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,
  • Rent City Hall
    City 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, $60 for non-profit groups, and $80 for profit groups and private events. 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 To request a street closure for an event, you will need to speak with the City 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 6:00pm.
  • Permits
    Peddler 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 Fire Department. You will be required to identify the date and time of their burn and supervise the burn at all times.
  • Housing
    ​The 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 & Recycling
    Trash 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 Reports
    November 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
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