The sewer lift station on Donlar Avenue just south of the railroad tracks and west of U.S. Silica in Peru will be undergoing extensive emergency repairs.

Fire chief Jeff King said an investigation still is ongoing to uncover the source of the problem, however both King and city engineer Eric Carls said the failure happened near where contractors for Ameren have been boring through the ground for a natural gas pipeline replacement project very near to the lift station.

The council on Monday approved a hold harmless agreement from U.S. Silica. Carls said the repairs or reconstruction of the lift station, which is 27-28 feet deep, will require extensive excavation work on an easement encroaching upon or on the U.S. Silica property.

Fourth Street property’s future

Peru has received a request for the sale and redevelopment of 1830 Fourth St. The city bought the building at the southeast corner of Fourth and Fulton streets after multiple instances of domestic disturbances and drug incidents inside the building.

“If you don’t take charge of your downtown, nobody’s going to take charge of the downtown,” said Mayor Scott Harl.

The property is already gaining interest from a prospective buyer.

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Jordan Havlik works as a reporter covering the City of Peru. He can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or perureporter@newstrib.com.

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