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Wind, signs and officer recall on ballot
PERU- A dozen citizens turned out Monday night at the former Peru Elementary School for an informational meeting on a new industrial wind ordinance, a recall of elected officers ordinance and a change to the existing electronic message sign ordinance.
Tammy Ferland introduced the people’s proposed ordinance to recall elected municipal officers in the event that the officer in question fails to represent the will of the people, engages in conduct which brings the office into disrepute, engages in conduct which displays an unfitness to hold the office or if the officer is indicted or convicted of a crime under state law, or a felony under U.S. law, or a plea of guilty to any such offense.
The ordinance states that the procedure for the recall must have a petition signed by registered voters of the town equal to 10 percent of the number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. The petition shall be addressed to those members of the board of selectmen having no interest in the subject matter of the petition, and the petition shall state the name and office of the person whose removal is being sought. The petition shall state the name and office of the person whose removal is being sought, and incorporate the petitioners’ statement of the reason(s) such removal is desired.
Citizens can find a complete copy of the proposed ordinance at the town office in order to make an informed decision at the November polls.
Bill Hussey presented the citizens with an update to the electronic message sign ordinance for the one that currently is located at the Peru Fire Station. A copy of the ordinance can be obtained at the town office.
Jim Pulsifer debriefed those present on the Industrial Wind Energy Facility Ordinance that a group of citizens have been charged to create on behalf of the town.
The ordinance does not prohibit wind towers within town limits, but it does restrict them with a set of stringent regulations, stating that a minimal fixed distance of two miles is required from the outer edge of the base of each Industrial Wind Tower (IWT) to the closest point on any property line of any non-participating property line in town.
Citizens will have a right to waive the restrictions in order to allow IWT’s to be installed, with the exception that it does not encroach on a neighboring, non-participating parcel of land.
The group allowed those present to review five of the 28-page-ordinance, highlighting the most important points.
Copies of the entire ordinance can be picked up at the town office.
The informational meeting took the place of the regular selectmen’s meeting, held on Monday nights at 6 p.m.