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Peru city clerk addresses high power bills

'No. 1 reason your bills are high is consumption'

Peru City Clerk Dave Bartley said he’s been hearing from electric consumers asking why their power bills have been so high. Answer: It’s been hot.

“The line I keep hearing is, ‘My bill doubled,’ and in some cases, that’s accurate,” said Bartley, who said he fielded at least 60 queries Monday alone. “Every summer the bills are high, so the No. 1 reason your bills are high is consumption.”

Bartley noted more than 450 residents received bills with inaccurate readings — in all cases the amount owed was correct — but most complaints were from people taken aback by abrupt increases. Bartley said COVID-19 has resulted in industry-wide increases and the recent billing cycle was, in many cases, several days longer than usual; but the bottom line is July was toasty and Peru residents used more electricity.

Watch for road closure

Watch for pylons and road closures on a portion of Sixth Street from Church to Henry streets.

The council awarded the Sixth Street project to SKI Sealcoating & Maintenance, which submitted the lowest bid of $437,123.57, though it exceeded the engineer’s estimate of $431,000. The project includes total reconstruction of roadway, curb, gutters and sidewalks.

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