Peru voters say no to wind farms; Holland reelected selectman, but Powell and Witherell tie

PERU — Election clerks were still busy counting ballots at noon on Wednesday from Tuesday's town meeting polls. They took a break from midnight to Wednesday morning.

Results, however, were in for the municipal elections and the straw poll on wind farms. A majority of voters said no to wind farms in Peru.

Timothy L. Holland won re-election to the Board of Selectmen, getting 316 votes.

The second available selectman seat, however, is up in the air. After a recount, candidates Richard I. Powell and John L. Witherell remained tied at 284 votes apiece.

"If one doesn't concede within seven days, then we'll have to have a run-off election," Vera Parent, town clerk, said Wednesday at the town office.

"We did a recount just to make sure it was a tie," Parent said.

Candidate Richard J. Vaughn received 155 votes.

Parent won re-election as town clerk, receiving 548 votes, and Lolisa M. Windover received 526 votes for her first three-year term on the RSU 10 School Board. Incumbent RSU 10 Director Jessica Hines did not seek another term.

As for the non-binding straw poll that asked if voters support the construction of wind farms within the town limits of Peru, 194 said Yes; 394 said No.

That means the Peru Wind Power Committee will now make recommendations to selectmen about pursuing more restrictive measures.

Parent said selectmen have scheduled a meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14, "to figure out what's going on."

They are expected to go through balloting results on the town meeting warrant and determine if a special town meeting is needed to resolve any articles that may have been voted down.

Check back with for results that are expected later today.

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Norman Mitchell's picture


The people in Peru seem to care about their people and town lets hope this will somehow seep across the river to Dixfield and Carthage and flow down stream to canton !!

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Peru cares!

Congratulations to Peru voters to care enough for the well being of all residents and caring about the "Quality of Place" to vote resoundingly against having sprawling, destructive industrial wind in their community. Once again, a town has taken pause, educating residents and debating the array of issues regarding industrial wind. As in dozens of other communities in rural Maine, Peru voters say it is important to have their local control. Good job, Peru people!

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good news

I am glad to hear Peru voted NO to windsprawl. I wish the 194 who voted yes would watch the movie "Windfall". I am always surprised when anyone is in favor of industrial litter and scalped mtns. Save ME from anti Maine pro wind extremists.

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what's going on?

people speaking their minds
taking back their town
200 to 400 is exceptional.
I wonder what the 200 people like about GRID scale WIND?
Can u tell me a real good about this Industry?


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