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Permits required before you build
PERU- Selectmen approved two building permits during Monday night’s weekly meeting, one of which they have cited Ricky Gill a fine of $10 extra dollars, due to the fact that his storage shed was completed before having selectmen approval of the permit. The fine is double the amount of the permit. Permits vary in cost dependent on the square footage of your proposed construction.
“It’s sad that in this day and age people don’t know that they need to get their permit first,” stated Chairman of the Board, Jim Pulsifer. “Well, they must know, but they are ignoring it for some reason.”
Citizen Larry Porter stated to the board that Gill had called him last Thursday in concern that he was in need of a permit and was looking for direction. Porter advised him to just get his permit as soon as he could.
Pulsifer reminded those citizens present that all that needs to be done with a small construction project like that, is to at least give one of the elected selectmen a phone call to be sure that they’re aware of the situation if the town office is not open to obtain a permit.
Selectman Larry Snowman added, “That shed was standing last Tuesday. He should have come in and requested the permit.”
Selectmen agreed unanimously to fine Gill the extra $10 and be sure that others intending to build, no matter the size of their construction, need to obtain approval from the board prior to beginning their projects.
In other business, the newly-elected president for Peruvians for Honest Government, Wendy Henderson, presented the board with a request for all documentation on the Peru Recreation Committee funds, invoices, bank statements and receipts used to operate the fund since the committee was created in 2000 or 2001. The group was not sure when the committee came into existence.
Chairman Pulsifer stated that he believed the committee was actually formed sometime in the late 1970’s and that the PFHG could have any information the town had on the committee, but since the committee is not a town entity, they cannot act on their request to obtain the information from them.
In speaking with Tim Holland, rec committee chair, he stated that the group was actually formed in the 1980’s with several town citizens volunteering their time in support of town recreation and there still are members on the committee.
Holland stated, “Those members and I agree that until the headhunters are done trying to cause chaos, the funds will remain in the private account where they have always been. When things settle down, then we want to move forward again and get those facilities completed.”