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Dixfield board tables finalizing amended wind ordinance

The Board of Selectmen voted Monday evening to table finalizing a wind energy ordinance draft to put before voters in June until its March 28 meeting.

DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday evening to table finalizing a wind energy ordinance draft to put before voters in June until its March 28 meeting.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said that the board decided to wait until it saw a complete copy of the wind energy ordinance with attorney Kristen Collins' suggested amendments included before making a decision on whether to place the amended wind ordinance draft on the town's referendum ballot on June 14.

The ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing wind turbines on Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. It passed in November 2012, but zoning restrictions in it were unenforceable.

In November 2014, an amended version was rejected. In June 2015, the Planning Board's original draft was also rejected.

In August 2015, selectmen accepted a citizens' petition to adopt the sound standards of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for the ordinance, which included a limit of 42 decibels at night and 55 decibels during the day.

In January, the board unanimously voted to include the DEP sound levels in the ordinance, but not 27 pages of DEP standards that Board of Selectmen Chairman Hart Daley said were not applicable to the town.

However, Puiia said that there is still disagreement between the petitioners and the board on whether low-frequency sound measurement — which is not included in the Maine DEP's sound standards, but is included in wind ordinances from other Maine towns — should be included in Dixfield's amended ordinance draft.

“The board said that there's some vagueness involved in the language of the petition, and that it didn't ask for that sound standard to be completely removed,” Puiia said. “The petitioners are arguing that their intent was to have sound standards for the town that matches the state's sound standards.”

Puiia said that the board wants to have a complete draft with Collins' recommendations included in the ordinance before deciding to place it in front of voters.

In other business, the board said that they are accepting applications for Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Puiia said that board members or members of the public can submit recommendations for who they'd like to see receive the award.

“The nomination needs to be submitted in writing, and must be a Dixfield resident who is actively involved in community affairs and exhibits genuine concern for their community and citizens,” Puiia said.


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MAR 16 2016
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