PERU — Town Clerk Vera Parent told selectmen Monday night that she received responses from 10 delinquent property taxpayers who made arrangements to keep their property from being taken and sold for unpaid taxes.

A total of 15 letters were sent to property owners, she said. One letter was returned due to a wrong address. Selectmen agreed to extend the deadline for that taxpayer until Friday.

Four other owners have not responded so the town will proceed with the legal steps to acquire those properties and sell them.

Board Chairman Jim Pulsifer reported on developments in the investigation of finances of the former Peru Recreation Committee. Selectmen and the citizens’ group Peruvians for Honest Government have been trying to inspect the books of the committee.

Pulsifer said he expected the matter to be resolved within the next couple of weeks or the town will probably take legal action.

Pulsifer said the committee was formed by residents and not appointed by the town. Its leader, Tim Holland, has not responded to requests by the town to turn over the books.

The committee received up to $2,500 per year from the town for recreation programs. The committee also raised money.

Selectmen have approved two articles on recreation for the June referendum. One asks if voters will raise $850 for recreation and the other asks if voters will authorize selectmen to appoint a Recreation Committee.

Pulsifer said selectmen will be responsible for approving the use of any recreation funds and there will be no question that the committee books will be open if the committee is an official town committee.

The board again discussed Selectman Lee Merrill opening a kennel to keep stray dogs picked up by the animal control officer in Peru. Merrill does not intend to accept animals from anyone but the ACO.

Selectmen think Merrill’s service will save the town money. They delayed action on a contract until Merrill has determined he meets all state mandates.


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