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Board still at odds on wind ordinance issue

Selectman Jeremy Volkernick opened the debate at the meeting Thursday, saying he wished to put the Rumford ordinance back onto the ballot in part because the committee spent seven to nine months in preparing it. However, he noted that the town's Charter says that cannot be done. "There's a lot of pros and cons (to wind power), and I feel the taxpayers of Rumford, when they go and vote, they ought to have a choice," he said.
25 Feb 2011

Wind-energy issues a focus at meetings

Debate over turbine noise and other wind-energy issues is expected to continue in Farmington and New Vineyard, where town officials have prepared ordinances to regulate wind energy within their respective borders. Voters will consider the proposals at annual town meetings in March and April, according to town officials. Selectmen and town officials plan to review public comments and possibly make revisions before final versions are presented to voters.
20 Feb 2011

Franklin County braces for wind ordinance debates

Debates such as this one about turbine noise and other wind-energy issues are expected to continue in Farmington and New Vineyard, where town officials have prepared ordinances to regulate wind energy within their respective borders. Voters will consider the proposals at annual town meetings in March and April.
14 Feb 2011

Rumford selectmen plan work on wind farm issues

Selectmen Mark Belanger, Jeff Sterling and Chairman Brad Adley said they want to better understand noise decibels, and what sounds they can expect to hear from turbine-topped ridges under a variety of atmospheric conditions. They want firsthand accounts by taking a field trip to the Mars Hill wind farm, listening to turbines and talking with residents and municipal officials.
14 Jan 2011

Peru forming wind ordinance panel

Members of the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board met Monday night to discuss the importance of forming a committee to write an ordinance on wind power development. Former Selectman Bill Hine said other towns are struggling to set up such ordinances.
11 Jan 2011

Moscow approves its first wind ordinance

Under the new rules, wind turbines are required to be 2,500 feet -- less than half a mile -- from the nearest permanent or seasonal residence. The setback limitation generated the most discussion during the hour-long meeting attended by about 25 residents and non-residents, Selectman Donald Beane said.
4 Dec 2010

Western Maine town weighs wind rules

Under the proposed ordinance, any wind turbine would be set back 2,500 feet from a permanent or seasonal residence; would be designed to avoid shadow flicker effects; would have to meet specific sound level limits; and would require a decommissioning policy.
29 Nov 2010

Public hearing set on extending Rumford wind moratorium

"A moratorium was basically to prevent permitting until we adopted something. That's all," Belanger said. "Not that you can't talk about it, not that you can't lobby something. I mean, we're in America." Buccina said he is aware of that, but doesn't believe wind power developer First Wind LLC of Boston should be buying land or lobbying Rumford residents during a moratorium.
5 Nov 2010

Wind ordinance blows down in Rumford

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said he believed the majority of people were concerned that the ordinance was too restrictive, and that the ballot question may have been confusing to some. "My concern from the beginning was regulation, to regulate but not to prohibit," he said.
3 Nov 2010

Clifton to vote on wind ordinance changes

The 21 pages of amendments would add a property value assurance provision and an ethics clause, set a townwide limit of five turbines and increase setback requirements, as well as the amount in an escrow account set up to cover the cost of any future decommissioning of the turbines.
29 Oct 2010

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