PERU – No one took out papers for the vacant seat on the SAD 21 board of directors in last week’s election. But there were six different write-ins on the ballot.

Town Clerk Vera Parent outlined the situation to selectmen Monday night. After discussion, they decided Parent should consult the Maine Municipal Association about what to do next.

Selectmen would like a full four members on the board but had no solution. They can appoint someone, but the six write-in names were the problem.

Selectman Jim Pulsifer said, “With the anticipated change to a regional school unit, we need someone on that board who is paying attention to business.” The school unit issue will be decided in September, followed by ratification by member towns.

Selectmen had their first meeting with new Road Commissioner Joe Roach. He holds a degree in public administration and is working on his master’s degree.

He had questions for the board about the number of workers he could have and how to spend remaining road budget money. The fiscal year begins July 1 and the salt and sand account is overdrawn as well as the summer roads account.

Their consensus was to have Roach try to keep a three-member crew and order a few culverts. They decided to contract grading gravel roads but look into the possibility of buying a second-hand drag-behind grader.

Pulsifer said while the drag was better than nothing, it would not properly cut the roads.

Roach said he could use it for grading the sides of paved roads. Roach will check out the possibility of the pull behind.

Pulsifer said, “If we work together, we can get a lot done on roads for the town.”

Swimming lessons will be at Worthley Pond from 1 to 3 p.m. July 7-18.

A public health meeting with Mary Ann Amrich, the Western Maine health coordinator, will be held at Rockemeka Grange Hall at 9:30 a.m. June 25. Selectman Rodney Jamison said he was inviting health officers from area towns to the meeting.


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