Scott elected as selectman

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PERU – First-time elective office seeker Burchard “Bill” Scott won a seat on the Board of Selectmen during Tuesday’s referendum vote.

Scott, a resident of the Dick Vale Road and a retired construction employee, received 111 votes. Former Selectman Jim Pulsifer, a retired computer consultant, received 50 votes.

Scott, a lifelong local resident, will finish the two years remaining in former Selectman Dennis Thibodeau’s term. He joins Selectmen Chairman Bill Hine and Selectmen Andy St. Pierre, Norman DeRoche and Rodney Jamison.

He and the rest of the board will also be overseeing the town’s first election without a traditional town meeting in March.

Following approval by residents last year, the town eliminated the traditional town meeting format where people get together to discuss and vote on an annual budget in favor of adopting an annual budget by referendum vote.

That vote will be held March 19. A public hearing where residents can discuss the articles will take place a week or so before the referendum.

The neighboring towns of Mexico and Rumford approved a similar change in budget-adoption format last year as well, and will for the first time act on their budgets at referendum votes in June.

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