Where do we draw the line?
To the Editor:
More on the controlling side of Peru's board of selectmen (3 to 2) -- The chairman's latest power-trip is now to read a set of 'rules of conduct' at the beginning of each meeting.
These 'rules' were written by him and meant to apply to everyone. The consequences for not following these 'rules' are: chairman will first give a warning, if unacceptable behavior continues then law enforcement will be called and charges may follow. These 'rules' were made supposedly to ensure that business gets taken care of. Yet, the only time citizens speak is during public participation which is at the end of the meeting and only allowed on the first and third meetings of each month.
On Aug. 20, the chairman was asked questions about his rules as to what charges would actually be filed and which police department would be called? He stated that the State Police would be called since the sheriff's department would be in a conflict due to him being a deputy.
Since chair's rules apply to everyone, we researched and found that a 'citizen's arrest' on the same grounds against the board or the chair could be made as well. Wouldn't this make all of Peru look foolish in the eyes of other towns? Where do we draw the line? The truth is that there would be no problems with citizens in the first place if the chairman would just do what is right.
Questions, contact the PHG.
Peruvians for Honest Government