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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