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Dueling wind ordinance petitions presented; Selectmen set to vote on moratorium renewal

Two petitions have been presented to selectmen here recently, one seeking to force a vote on the wind turbine ordinance drafted by the planning board and the other asking selectmen to draft an alternative ordinance. ..."They want options," said Dennison of the people who signed on to the second petition.

Jackson - Two petitions have been presented to selectmen here recently, one seeking to force a vote on the wind turbine ordinance drafted by the planning board and the other asking selectmen to draft an alternative ordinance.

Town Clerk Brenda Dennison said the first petition was turned in Dec. 14. That petition, which has 126 certified signatures, asks selectmen to hold a special town meeting within 60 days for the purpose of voting on four articles.

Dennison said due to requirements for posting advance notice of such a meeting, the time frame requested is not possible.

After choosing a moderator, the second article would be to vote on the ordinance that has been drafted by the planning board. The third article asks that if the second article does not pass, that the ordinance be returned to the planning board for revision. The fourth article also asks that if the second article does not pass, the town extend the moratorium currently in effect on industrial wind turbines in town.

The petitioners state that they believe, "the said ordinance should be placed on the warrant in the most straightforward method practical to prevent confusion to the public."

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Jackson - Two petitions have been presented to selectmen here recently, one seeking to force a vote on the wind turbine ordinance drafted by the planning board and the other asking selectmen to draft an alternative ordinance.

Town Clerk Brenda Dennison said the first petition was turned in Dec. 14. That petition, which has 126 certified signatures, asks selectmen to hold a special town meeting within 60 days for the purpose of voting on four articles.

Dennison said due to requirements for posting advance notice of such a meeting, the time frame requested is not possible.

After choosing a moderator, the second article would be to vote on the ordinance that has been drafted by the planning board. The third article asks that if the second article does not pass, that the ordinance be returned to the planning board for revision. The fourth article also asks that if the second article does not pass, the town extend the moratorium currently in effect on industrial wind turbines in town.

The petitioners state that they believe, "the said ordinance should be placed on the warrant in the most straightforward method practical to prevent confusion to the public."

A second petition was presented Dec. 15, according to Dennison, this one requesting selectmen to draft an alternative ordinance. This petition, which has 32 certified signatures, asks selectmen to hold a special town meeting where both ordinances would then be voted on.

"They want options," said Dennison of the people who signed on to the second petition. She said part of their petition states the ordinance drafted by the planning board "would severely restrict or eliminate industrial community wind turbine development in the town of Jackson."

Both petitions were presented to selectmen at their most recent meeting Dec. 15, but Dennison said no action was taken on either one.

The moratorium currently on the books in Jackson which prevents industrial turbines from being built is set to expire Saturday, Jan. 2, according to Dennison. She said selectmen have set a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 29, to consider extending the moratorium.

The hearing will be held at the Town Office, located at 730 Moosehead Trail (Route 7), and will begin at 7 p.m. After the hearing, selectmen will vote on whether or not to extend the moratorium for another 180 days.

Previously, there had been some confusion over whether or not selectmen had the authority to extend the moratorium a second time. Originally enacted in January of 2009, the moratorium was renewed this past summer. Dennison said town officials consulted with legal counsel, and because the town is working on getting an ordinance in place, it is acceptable to extend the moratorium again.


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DEC 23 2009
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