PERU – Selectmen amended the job description for road commissioner Monday night, changing the title from foreman and requiring regular reports and a Class B driver’s license.

For the third time in two years, voters on Saturday decided 58-53 to continue electing the commissioner instead of having selectmen appoint a road foreman.

Selectmen began serving as acting road commissioner last fall after David Gammon. They named Rick Vaughn road foreman in November and amended the commissioner’s job description.

Selectman Jim Pulsifer asked Monday that the commissioner be required to report every two weeks to selectmen. That report would include a list of projects planned for the following two weeks that were not part of the regular duties or road emergencies.

Selectman Laurieann Milligan suggested applicants be required to hold a Class B driver’s license.

“I think the people as well as the voters need to know that if they support a person for the job that they are qualified. They should know the qualifications before they vote,” she said.

Selectman Corey Jacques said the qualifications should be handed out with the nomination papers, which will be available Monday, March 17.

Selectmen agreed to have the job description amended to include the suggestions.

The board anticipates that 8 hours a week will be allocated to the duties of commissioner; and the other 32 hours to road work.

In other matters, selectmen agreed to have their secretary, Kathy Hussey, place a notice for people who live on gravel roads to plan ahead. With mud season approaching, those residents are asked to plan on getting oil deliveries with this in mind.

The board reviewed the personnel policy and will act on any revisions next week.

Selectman Rodney Jamison refused to sign the previous meeting’s minutes.

When questioned by Chairman Bill Scott why, Jamison said they were one sided and did not reflect the views of every selectman.


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