Peru officials pushing for road repair funds

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PERU – Selectmen and the Finance Committee are recommending passage of an article asking for a $400,000 road bond at the March 19 municipal referendum.

Reviewing the warrant for the town meeting Monday night, both panels gave their support to the proposal.

Road Commissioner David Gammon said it will take more than $1.5 million to do all necessary road work, but the $400,000 will get the town started on a priority list.

The top eight projects, as determined by Gammon and the selectmen, are: resurface Gammon, Ridge, Valley, Peru Center and Dickvale roads; rebuild and resurface Pleasant Street; and replace manholes on Main Street.

Jim Pulsifer said he would only support the bond if Gammon would work more closely with selectmen.

Selectman Rodney Jamison said Gammon had been cooperating with the board.

Chairman Bill Hine said they have been working with Gammon to more fully document his projects and time sheets.

Gammon was not at the meeting; he showed up after the Finance Committee asked him to.

All road issues were held until Gammon arrived.

At the selectmen’s meeting before the Finance Committee meeting, Gammon presented a price for a new backhoe.

Selectman Andy St. Pierre asked Gammon if there was any way to put off the purchase by repairing the old backhoe. Gammon said it would take several thousand dollars to fix it.

The merits of renting were also discussed.

After a lengthy discussion over the most cost-efficient plan, the board approved the purchase of a new backhoe for $65,000. This included an allowance of a $19,000 trade-in for the old one.

The 59-article warrant will be voted on at the polls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rockemeka Grange Hall. Copies may be picked up around Feb. 20; phone the town office to confirm they are available.

Burchard (Bill) Scott, who was elected Jan. 9, attended the meeting.

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