PERU – Though the town of Peru has been awarded a Comprehensive Plan grant, the town has to vote to accept or reject the money. A special town meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the Rockemeka Grange Hall.

The grant is for $20,849, and the town needs to come up with $6,880. The money would be used to enlist professional help in writing a Comprehensive Plan. A group of volunteers from the town has already been working as a Comprehensive Plan committee.

There was considerable discussion by selectmen Tuesday night about the fact that so few people came to the public hearing last week. Selectman Jim Pulsifer was most disturbed because he felt there was no support from the town.

Selectman Norman DeRoche said the plan would give the town a guide on what could and could not be done, and the townspeople should have a say on what they see as the future of Peru. He sees the plan as very necessary.

There was a public hearing before the selectmen’s meeting on an auto graveyard permit renewal for former Selectman Richard Powell.

Powell said he is trying to organize a group of junk dealers to fight state law, which says if a person disposes of a car made after the year 1988, they must have a title or face a $500 fine. He also said people have no place to take junk cars. He can accept them, but cant do anything with them without a title.

The state regulations are forcing most car graveyards out of business, he said. A permit was granted after Powell said he would fix a small section of fence as soon as the ground was drier.

Road Commissioner David Gammon said he needed to have some rocks blasted on Ridge Road and received permission to get this done. He plans to finish changing culverts and by Thursday, start putting down the tar. The old surface will be ground up and reused, he said.

He reminded the selectmen that they must put together a disaster plan before Nov. 1.

Voting in the state referendum will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10 at Rockemeka Grange.

A school budget public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. June 17 at the school.

The school budget referendum will be from noon to 8 p.m. June 30 at Rockemeka Grange.

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