PERU — Tyler McDonald was elected Tuesday to a two-year term as the Peru road commissioner.

McDonald is to succeed Brad Hutchings, who was elected to a three-year term in June 2023, but has resigned, effective June 30, 2024.

Last month, Town Clerk Debra Coudrain said residents voted 237-108 to reject an article asking if the town would authorize the Select Board to appoint the road commissioner, with the change taking effect July 1, 2026, and remaining in place until amended or repealed at a future town meeting.

Select Board Vice Chair Gail Belyea raised the proposal, supported by a majority of the board, adding that the proposal had previously failed at least twice.

Belyea ran unopposed to win another three-year term on the Select Board. No one took out papers for a second seat, for which Patrick Houghton decided not to seek another term.

Voters rejected appropriating $25,000 for garage facility maintenance and operations, $6,500 for Fire Department screening and five agency requests for funding.

Coudrain said the proposed 2024-25 municipal budget is $1.51 million, down from the current budget of $1.62 million.

Asked what accounted for the difference in the spending plans, Belyea said no pay increases and not having to raise $100,000 for the revaluation, which is in process and due to be completed July 1, 2026.

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