To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The last year has been difficult for Peru. Like other small towns in Berkshire County, politics has taken a center seat in many people's lives and it has been a learning experience for me and others in more ways than I ever imagined or wanted.
In Peru, town politics were pretty quiet until a wind developer came along from Lightship Energy LLC and submitted a proposal for five industrial wind turbines on Garnet Hill. The permit has been withdrawn but this does not mean a new permit cannot be submitted.
A group of committed citizens started to organize, do research and share information about issues surrounding the impact of industrial wind power in this town. In the process members of this group started to attend official town meetings to assure accountability. What became an emerging issue was the lack of transparency from town officials, with multiple violations of the Open Meeting laws.
Some of these concerned people that attended the town meetings are now committed to make a change in how politics in Peru is managed and are running for the open positions of the many town committees. They have skills in computers, websites and informational systems, business, finance, elder advocacy, health care needs and interests in green energy, fair and just allocation of the town's budget, education and history, and all can benefit the town. We need open, concerned and informed people willing to move forward, preserve Peru and be sure decisions are made for the good of the town and the families that live here.
I have learned during this last year of dealing with the industrial wind turbine issue about compromise, commitment and the need to dig through a complicated issue to get to the real core issues. I desire open meetings, concern for the town's residents, preservation of the rural and agriculture nature of the town, support for local green energy projects and a return of a cooperative town spirit.
It is time to make the choice for change. On Saturday, it is your chance to make a choice to move in a positive direction for Peru. Vote Kevin Cahill and Bonny Ditomasso for Select Board, John Ditomasso Finance Committee, Scott Seely for Planning Board, Joseph Kaminski for moderator, Candice Cahalan for town clerk, Kimberly Wetherell for finance committee and write in for one-year constable and Charles Goyette for tree warden.
Every vote counts in this small town. The last election was decided by 22 votes!