PERU – Town officials are seeking clarity and consistency with regard to the town’s building permit procedures.

At Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting, the board considered a permit from Sheila Delamater to replace a roof on a camper at Le Paresseux Snowshoe Club on Green Woods Road. After the board voted in favor of it, Chairman James Pulsifer noted that maintenance didn’t require a permit.

“We need to have these things follow a flow that meets our code,” Pulsifer said. “There’s no reason for someone to get a permit for maintenance. If you’re changing the use, then that requires a permit.”

Board representative Laurieann Milligan suggested clarifying the matter with Code Enforcement Officer Jack Plumley. The board noted that Plumley told Delamater she needed the permit.

“I’m not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill,” Pulsifer pointed out. “Maintenance has not required a permit in this town, even in shoreland zoning. If it doesn’t say in the law we have to do it, we don’t do it.”

The selectmen reviewed a letter to the owners of The Bus on Green Woods Road regarding business promotional signage by the Worthley Pond Spring. The board noted that the business would have to seek permission from the Maine Department of Transportation to put up the signs, and asked that they be removed.

Pulsifer noted that there was to be no outside advertising on the sign designating the spring.

Recently, the road crew finished a ditching project at the Route 108 end of the Valley Road. A shouldering project has commenced on recently paved town roads. The road shoulders are being built up with gravel to get them more in line with the road surface.

There will also be work done on Main Street’s drains. Road Commissioner Joe Roach noted that they haven’t received much recent attention.


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