PERU — Longtime resident Harriet Sicotte, 92, was presented the Boston Post Cane at a reception in Town Office on Monday evening.

She is the town’s oldest resident and has lived here since 1961.

A plaque to commemorate the event was presented, and her name was added to the town Honor Roll.

The gold-headed cane is kept in the town vault because of its value. Selectmen Chairman Jim Pulsifer said the cane was lost once and it took a long time to find it.

The cane was first awarded in 1902.

PERU — Town Clerk Vera Parent told selectmen Monday night that it would cost between $1,000 and $1,200 to have town ballots counted by machine, depending on the number of warrant articles.

It was agreed to compare the cost with hand counting.

The Department of Environmental Protection rejected the Permit by Rule application of Robert and Diane Richard for replacing two culverts with bridges and improving water runoff. The access road to their property was severely damaged during heavy fall rains.

Selectmen agreed to meet with Wendy Henderson to review the valuation of her property on Old Valley Road. They will also consult with the town assessor before making any decisions on her assessment.

Resident Dawna Kazregis asked selectmen to consider an article on the town meeting warrant supporting the Ludden Memorial Library in Dixfield.

Resident Martha Witherell requested that selectmen arrange to have their meetings shown on the cable public access channel. She indicated there are many elderly and shut-ins who would like to know what is happening, but can not get out at night.

Pulsifer said previous boards have decided against such arrangements because it would add $1 per month to residents’ cable fees. He said selectmen would check with the cable company to see what their latest policy is.

Kazregis, who is secretary of Peruvians for Honest Government, submitted a new request to replace one presented to selectmen two weeks ago. The group asks to view town records instead of requesting copies of them.

Pulsifer said his previous estimate that it would take 150 hours of Parent’s time to make copies of the documents was still probably low.

Kazregis and Witherell said they wanted Parent to provide them with a year’s worth of records for them to examine and scan those of interest.

Pulsifer said that while the town was glad to produce any record requested, they could not let members of the public go through the files.

Members of Peruvians for Honest Government said they only needed a few records and had made their formal request overly broad.

Witherell said $4,000 is unaccounted for in the Recreation Department fund.

Pulsifer said questions about the Recreation Department funds were placed in the hands of the board’s attorney.


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