Community Concepts seeks 2 house permits


PERU – Community Concepts asked selectmen to rule on whether a proposed house can be built.

Community Concepts wants to build two houses in Peru for needy families. Code Enforcement Officer Jack Plumley agreed that there would be no problem with one lot but wanted to get a ruling from selectmen on the other.

That proposed house would have an adequate setback from a stream on the property but be only 73 feet from a “wooded wetland.” Plumley, who was not at the meeting, had told Community Concepts that he saw no problem with putting the house where proposed, but still wanted to discuss it with selectmen.

After lengthy discussion, Chairman Bill Hine summarized the board’s position that they could not rule on a building permit for a lot that Community Concepts did not yet own. Plumley was hired to determine if the proposed building met Peru’s ordinances or if it needs to go to the Appeals Board for a variance and the board would support his findings.

Community Concepts will drop its option to purchase the lot if Plumley doesn’t find in their favor.

In executive session, the board reviewed the performance of selectmen’s secretary Kathy Hussey. They agreed that her performance was satisfactory, that there was sufficient work to justify full-time employment, and her job description should be updated.

The meeting was adjourned early so selectmen could attend a public hearing on the proposed public boat ramp on Worthly Pond.