PERU – Selectmen gave unanimous approval for Jim Scott, commander of Peru’s American Legion post, to hold a Texas Hold ’em tournament on Aug. 16 at the legion hall.

State law requires that approval for games of chance before they can be conducted.

Scott said that the reservations are $30 per person and 75 percent of fees are given back as winnings.

Scott said when he became commander he realized the post was in need of funds, so he thought the activity would help finances. He said, “I don’t want to see Peru American Legion fail or any other legion, for that matter.”

Other matters

The board elected Jim Pulsifer as chairman this term and Bill Scott as vice chairman.

Road Commissioner Joe Roach presented his weekly program to the board with several requests. This week he will be exploring cold patch options, shuttling gravel on Hutchinson Road, finishing fire department road, painting equipment, shouldering on Dickvale and Valley Roads and installing a driveway for Jay Gerrish.

A long discussion ensued over how to obtain a chipper and what size to get for brush clearing. The board asked Roach to come next week with more details on a lease agreement for a chipper.

Roach said that one of the two chain saws had vanished and he needs a replacement.

Selectman Jim Pulsifer cautioned Roach by saying, “We don’t have the funds to bring your department up to the way you want it this year.”

Roach said that he understood, but his fear was that he would have the manpower and no tools for them. He said he had a long list, but these were the only two requests.

Selectman Laurieann Milligan asked if Roach felt the saw was one of his highest priorities. Roach agreed, so Milligan motioned to have him purchase a new chain saw power unit with a pole attachment for a total of $540.92.

The town will be requesting bids for up to 2000 yards of -inch screened winter sand to be delivered by Oct. 16. Bids are due by Aug. 3 at 5 p.m.

Bridges

The board received a letter from the Maine Department of Transportation on their bridge inspection. They listed Chapel, Sicotte and Shackby bridges as having maintenance needs. They cautioned that if a bridge reached a condition that was unsafe for traffic, the department would close the bridge.

Building permits were approved for J.R. Worthington on Main Street for a wooden shed, Ernest Roy on Valley Road for a porch, Richard Breau on Gammon Road for a home and Craig Holmquist on Spear Stream Road for a home and garage.


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