PERU — Residents voted Tuesday to approve all 27 warrant articles at Tuesday’s referendum ballot, Town Clerk Vera Parent said, including an article that asked residents if they wished to raise and appropriate funds to replace the Worthley Pond fire station.

They also approved an article that asked if the town should accept additional land surrounding the Worthley Pond fire station, not to exceed 3 acres, from Carol Sweatt.

Fire Chief Bill Hussey said the station was built in 1970, and it wouldn’t be worth putting money into renovating it because it has a lot of dry rot and damage.

Residents also voted in favor of raising and appropriating $10,000 to support operations of the Peru Community Center under the supervision of the selectmen, and for the article to be included on the annual budget warrant.

The Friends of Peru Elementary School maintains the property and manages the building and pays for its maintenance through fundraisers, grants, fees from events held there and rent from various groups.

In other business, residents elected Carol Roach to a one-year selectman term, and Raquel Welch to a three-year term.


The one-year term is to fill the seat of Lee Merrill, who was required to resign in November 2015 after he was elected road commissioner.

The two-year term is to fill the seat of Jim Pulsifer, who is not seeking re-election.

Parent said that Roach received 292 votes; Welch, 197 votes; and Ed Ferland, 111 votes.

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