Peru ordinance on public comment set for Monday

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PERU — A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, on an ordinance to allow a 20-minute public session near the end of every selectmen’s meeting.

The hearing will be held at the former Peru Elementary School.

The Board of Selectmen will convene at 5 p.m. Monday at the Town Office and may decide whether or not to recommend passage of the ordinance.

Martha Witherell and Dawna Kazregis initiated the petition for the Town of Peru Ordinance Open to the Public Sessions. It was presented Oct. 15. About 100 people signed it, board secretary Kathy Hussey said.

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The board meets every Monday, but public comments were limited to twice a month starting last June after Chairman Tim Holland said meetings had become too disruptive.

The ordinance requires that comments or questions be directed to the chairman or to a specific selectman who will recognize each speaker in turn. Speakers must identify themselves.

Residents will vote on the ordinance Saturday, Jan. 19, at a time and place to be announced.

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