Hearing to discuss referendum vote

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PERU – Voters will decide if they want to use referendum ballots on all articles at the town meeting in 2007 on the warrant for the June 13 meeting. A special hearing is scheduled for June 5 to discuss this and other warrant articles.

The warrant was approved by the board Monday night.

Another article will ask voters to authorize selectmen to spent money appropriated for the last fiscal year in the event that the appropriation proposed for this fiscal year in any particular budget category is not approved.

The town will also be asked to amend the shoreland zoning ordinance adopted July 30, 2002.

Another issue on the hearing agenda will be the proposed Boyle/Leavitt subdivision on Parady Road at Worthly Pond. This will give abutters a chance to voice concerns.

The role of code enforcement officer was changed by the board to include all building permits. Jack Plumley has only been signing permits for shoreland zoning while one of the selectmen has been making site visits. Selectman Norman DeRoche said they really were not qualified to make a site visit and the code enforcement officer knew land-use regulations.

Plumley said there could be issues with wetlands and setbacks. He will make the site visit after an application has been submitted and note his approval or disapproval on the application that selectmen will then review.

Board Chairman Bill Hine said under the ordinance, Plumley could review the sites for buildings.

Jim Pulsifer, a former selectman, said they would not be giving the town sufficient notice on the code enforcement officer change and a letter should be written to every resident. Secretary Kathy Hussey said she could include such a letter in the tax bills that will be going out the first of July.

DeRoche said this would avoid problems after a building is already in progress. The board passed the motion.

Hine said he would like to see a committee formed to decide options for the use of the Peru school building once the new school is built. He is asking for anyone interested in the committee to contact the town office.

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