PERU – Selectmen on Monday approved a permit from EDP Renewables North America LLC to erect a meteorological test tower off Black Mountain Road close to the Sumner town line.
A hearing for an industrial wind power ordinance is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, at Dirigo Elementary School off Route 108.
The board also signed an order for a 9- by 16-foot box concrete culvert to replace the Cummings Bridge which washed away in rains from Tropical Storm Irene. Road Commissioner Joe Roach said he didn’t have a bid yet on construction, but the order for the parts needed to be in immediately so they could be made before winter. Roach said he didn’t want to see the temporary bridge used this winter.
Federal Emergency Management Agency funds have been applied for to help pay for the bridge. If more money is needed beyond the $100,000 voted for by the town, a special town meeting will be needed to approve more funds.
Selectmen said they would feel more comfortable seeing the whole package, including construction, but realizing the need to act on the order they voted to put in the order.
In other business, Animal Control Officer Sue Milligan brought attention to a growing feral cat population on Route 108. Cats are getting into homes and Milligan said she was bitten trying to trap one. She said she’s concerned for neighbors in the area of East Peru.
Asked by the board for an estimated on the number of wild cats, Milligan said there were probably 10, but it was hard to say. She said over five years, one cat can have as many as 11,000 kittens.
The board advised her to keep them informed of the cost, capture the felines and have them euthanized by a veterinarian.
Dwight Hines suggested four possible petitions that could be circulated before the next town meeting. They have to do with developing ordinances for: Board of Appeals, meeting minutes’ integrity and accuracy, reduction in town office hours and costs, and sealed bids required for professional services and supplies.
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