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FPES plea appeals to voters
PERU- The Friends of Peru Elementary will now be able to get to work organizing more fundraisers to help support their lease of the former elementary school. At last week's vote, 369 citizens voted in favor of allowing the FPES to lease the building from the town with no tax payer funds being allocated.
President of FPES, Nick Waugh, has worked tirelessly with the group of volunteers who did not want to see the building torn down. If the building were to be torn down, the taxpayers were looking at a cost of approximately $40,000-$100,000.
Much has happened over the last several months to bring them to this turnout. The town was awarded a $10,000 grant back in August to get the ball rolling on the new rec center, of which the citizens voted to reject at a special town meeting. Waugh has offered to put forth $10,000 of his own money as a loan to the rec center until the fundraising picks up.
With messages sent through the FPES Facebook page, website and a letter to the editor of this paper, Waugh noted, “I think we got our point across that we are a dedicated bunch of individuals and I think, with cost aside, Peru citizens like the idea of having an active community center in town. I'm hoping those who feel that way will find ways to participate with our committee.”