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Voters say no to free money
PERU- At a heated special town meeting Monday night, 55 of the 93 citizens present voted to reject the $10,000 grant offered to the town to keep the former elementary school building open as a community center. They also failed to approve turning the building over to the Peru Rec Committee/Friends of Peru Elementary School.
Last month, the grant, which was being awarded through the trust of Marshall “Jack” Gibson, who founded Commercial Paving and Recycling Group of Scarborough and was to be set up for municipalities he worked with throughout the years, was offered to the town through a five-year program that began this summer with twelve towns being selected each year to receive $10,000 each.
Essentially, the town was looking at no expense to them and the opportunity to turn the building over to the Peru Rec/Friends of Peru Elementary School for maintenance and upkeep. Through community fundraising and networking, FPES would continue to oversee the building and were hoping to bring the community spirit back.
With a vote of 55-36, citizens rejected the money and with only one person standing up in support of relinquishing ownership to the group, it failed as well.
FPES has scheduled a meeting for September 7 at 6 p.m. in the town office to discuss what their next move will be. Please contact Nick Waugh at email@example.com for more information.