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Freedom selectmen to review proposed ordinances

The Freedom Planning Board wrapped up months of work and is ready to present selectmen with the final draft of a 48-page series of ordinances to regulate commercial enterprises in town.

The work was spurred in part by a proposal to construct three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge. But the ordinances will apply to a broad range of commercial and industrial activities in town.

“The planning board has agreed on a series of ordinances to bring before the town,” said board member Bill Pickford.

A final draft was not available as of Tuesday morning, but Freedom selectmen will discuss the proposed regulations at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Freedom Town Office. The ordinances are expected to be presented to voters at a special town meeting in the next few weeks.

A revised building ordinance proposed by code enforcement officer Jay Guber is also on the selectmen’s agenda for Wednesday.

Competitive Energy Systems, the developer of the wind power project, is awaiting the outcome of the planning process before deciding whether to proceed. The company has already received one vote of confidence from local residents, who supported the project 56-25 in a nonbinding vote June 7.

The windmills on Beaver Ridge would stand 250 feet high with the blades measuring 130 feet in length, for an overall height of just under 400 feet.

The turbines would generate enough energy to power 2,000... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The work was spurred in part by a proposal to construct three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge. But the ordinances will apply to a broad range of commercial and industrial activities in town.
 
“The planning board has agreed on a series of ordinances to bring before the town,” said board member Bill Pickford.
 
A final draft was not available as of Tuesday morning, but Freedom selectmen will discuss the proposed regulations at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Freedom Town Office. The ordinances are expected to be presented to voters at a special town meeting in the next few weeks.
 
A revised building ordinance proposed by code enforcement officer Jay Guber is also on the selectmen’s agenda for Wednesday.
 
Competitive Energy Systems, the developer of the wind power project, is awaiting the outcome of the planning process before deciding whether to proceed. The company has already received one vote of confidence from local residents, who supported the project 56-25 in a nonbinding vote June 7.
 
The windmills on Beaver Ridge would stand 250 feet high with the blades measuring 130 feet in length, for an overall height of just under 400 feet.
 
The turbines would generate enough energy to power 2,000 Maine households at a cost slightly higher than the CMP standard rate per kilowatt-hour.
 

Based in Belfast, Copy Editor Andy Kekacs can be reached at 207-338-0484 or by e-mail at andyk@villagesoup.com.


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JUL 11 2006
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