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Rec funds, junkyard permit priority for Peru
PERU- Selectmen gathered Monday night for their regular weekly meeting with two items of business taking the forefront; the first, the issue of a junkyard permit for Dick Powell and the other, to find answers to the funds that were donated by the town to the volunteer recreation committee.
Dick Powell has operated a junkyard since about 1978 and each year has put in his request to renew his permit. Monday night selectmen reviewed his request and questioned why they were just receiving it.
“I just never got around to it,” stated Powell. “It used to be due the end of December and then a few years ago I got a letter saying that it was due in October to give the town time to review them. That’s no excuse, but that’s the way it is.”
Chairman of the Board, Jim Pulsifer, reviewed the current application with those of the past and noticing they differed in information requested and layout, asked that applications be consistent.
Selectman Danny Wing inquired what their procedure was going to be with the current application from Powell.
“Has he been operating illegally since October? Where do we go from here?”
Chairman Pulsifer, stated, “I’m not sure. That’s what we have to look at and figure out. I want more information before we move forward.”
Chairman Pulsifer was informed by town clerk, Vera Parent, that a public hearing would have to be held in order to change or update junkyard permit information.
A tentative hearing is slated for Monday, July 8.
In other business, selectmen had a request from the public a few weeks back in regards to the status of funds that were donated to the volunteer recreation committee for the construction of bathrooms near the ball fields.
Selectman Larry Snowman was sent to the home of committee member Tim Holland to inquire of the funds and to retrieve the checking account information. Snowman stated that he went to Holland’s home and was told he was not welcome there and left without any answers.
Chairman Pulsifer clarified that the board had a responsibility to the town to find out the status of the funds that were donated after the town agreed to placement of the building on town property.
“We just want surety that the funds are properly cared for,” stated Pulsifer. “There are no bathrooms yet and we want to know where the fund stands.”
Vice Chairman, Laurieann Milligan, stated, “This is a grey area. We don’t have the right to look at their books, they’re a volunteer organization. We just need a status of the funds that were donated by the town.”
Chairman Pulsifer stated that he would contact Holland to get the answers the board is seeking.
Holland was not available for comment at the time this article was printed.
With the July 4 holiday approaching, the town office will be open Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2, but will be closed from Wednesday through Sunday. They will reopen on Monday, July 8, with their regular business hours.
The board adjourned their meeting and agreed to enter into executive session to discuss the position of newly-elected secretary, Angela Barkhouse.
When asked how the job was going, Barkhouse stated, “It’s going to take a little time, but I’ll get the hang of it. It’s just a lot to get used to.”
The next selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for July 8.