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Citizens request itemization of legal fees
PERU- Selectmen breezed through most of their agenda during their weekly meeting on Monday night while a dozen or so townspeople looked on.
A building permit was granted to Mike Mickeriz to replace a torn down mobile home with another mobile home on his property near the Demeritt Cemetery on Route 108, and a junkyard permit was granted to Dick Powell.
Margaret and Roy Howes were present to find out what they needed to do if the former Diamond Mill property came available to them for purchase as a junkyard.
Chairman Jim Pulsifer stated that permits do not transfer between owners of property and they would have to apply for their own permit. “My primary concern would be what DEP has to say in regards to the property being located in the flood zone. I just want to see where they, and MMA stand in regard to this. I want to treat you fairly, but don’t want to misinform you.”
Larry Porter spoke up from the crowd, noting that the first permit by the previous board was illegally issued and he has 14 signatures from neighbors who don’t want to see a junkyard put in that area.
“I want to be sure to keep you citizens in the loop,” stated Chairman Pulisifer. “I will be in touch with the DEP and MMA and find out exactly what they think of that area and we’ll go from there.”
Chairman Pulsifer, on several occasions, allowed the public to speak during the regular meeting, later noting to them, “You do see how I want to be sure to keep you all in the loop. I’m allowing you to speak as long as you’re orderly.”
During public participation, Porter inquired about seeing a copy of the itemized bill for former town secretary, Kathy Hussey’s, legal fees of approximately $6500, that the town reimbursed her for.
Chairman Pulsifer stated that the public had no legal right to see an itemization of what Hussey’s lawyer worked on. “You people need to let it go. As soon as the board signs off on that suit, we need to put it behind us.”
Citizens Martha Witherall, Dawna Kazregis and Warren Oldham argued that they have a right to see the paperwork, while Chairman Pulsifer stood his ground. The board agreed that the issue had to be put in the past and signed off on.
The final paperwork should be settled within the week.
In other business, citizens inquired as to the cost for the bathrooms to be built by the recreation committee near the ball fields.
Chairman Pulsifer stated that the approximate cost is $12,000, and he wants to meet with the committee in order to figure out where the town’s commitment to them lies.
“If they don’t fall under a town committee, then they’re going to have to file for a 501C(3),” stated Chairman Pulsifer. “We need to meet and find out who exactly is on that committee and what our obligation is to them. I want to see us work together like we used to and get things back the way they were. We need to get this issue resolved.”
Currently, the amount of money raised by the recreation committee stands at just under $4,000.
Chairman Pulsifer plans to set a meeting with Tim Holland.