PERU — Budget Committee member Don Roach told the Board of Selectmen on Monday evening that the committee voted against supporting money to complete the Worthley Pond fire station and to support Med-Car Ambulance Service.

The two articles are on the annual town meeting warrant.

The Board of Selectmen previously voted in favor of both articles.

Article 13 asks residents if they wish to raise and appropriate $15,000 to be used at the discretion of the selectmen and fire chief for finishing the fire station.

Residents voted in June 2016 to approve raising and appropriating money to replace the fire station, which was built in 1970 and had fallen into disrepair.

Article 16 asks if voters want to raise and appropriate $37,032 for the ambulance service.

Roach said many residents think $37,032 is too much money.

Selectman Larry Snowman said the town was locked into the Med-Care Ambulance Service contract for another 10 years, and “there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Selectwoman Raquel Welch asked what would happen if the board voted against the Med-Care article.

“Nothing,” Snowman replied. “We’re already locked into it.”

In other business, selectmen voted 5-0 to approve a building permit for Steven and Uldarica Chapman to replace a garage on their property that was damaged by snow falling through the roof.

Snowman said, “You didn’t use to need a permit if you were just requesting to replace something that was damaged.”

Snowman said to be safe, a permit is needed, even if the new garage is the same size as the damaged one.

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Peru Budget Committee member Don Roach told the Board of Selectmen at Monday evening’s meeting that the Budget Committee had voted against supporting Articles 13 and 16 on the annual town meeting warrant. Article 13 asks residents if they wish to raise and appropriate $15,000 to be used at the discretion of the selectmen and fire chief for the completion of the Worthley Pond fire station, while Article 16 asks if the town wishes to raise and appropriate $37,032 for Med-Care Ambulance Services.

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