DIXFIELD — Board of Selectmen Chairman Malcolm Gill said Thursday the vote on signing the election warrant this week was a formality, because the board already voted to place the items on the ballot.
At issue was a 2-2 vote Monday night on signing the Nov. 6 warrant.
Selectmen Scott Belskis and Hart Daley voted not to sign the document; Gill and Selectman Bob Withrow voted to sign it.
Belskis said Tuesday afternoon that he and Daley did not sign it because they believe the proposed wind ordinance should not be on the warrant, because some changes should be made. The ordinance provides regulations for the development of wind power projects.
The warrant includes the wind ordinance, a selectman's race between former Selectman Norine Clarke and former Planning Board member Norman Mitchell, and a question asking residents whether they want to spend up to $50,000 to begin the withdrawal process from RSU 10.
Gill said all three issues were approved by selectmen for the November ballot. Monday's vote was to sign the election warrant.
He said he checked with the town's lawyer, Lee Bragg, of Augusta before Monday's vote to learn whether a majority of the board must sign the warrant.
“We did not need a vote. All had been passed by selectmen. It was just a matter of putting them on the ballot,” Gill said.
The vote on the wind ordinance will determine whether the town will allow Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., to continue with plans to construct 10 to 13 turbines along the ridgeline of Colonel Holman, Burnt and Little mountains.
“We want guidance from residents. This is the time for people who have not had a chance to speak, to give their opinion,” he said. “This will determine whether the town will have windmills.”
Belskis and Daley, along with several others in town, have voiced their opposition to the wind project for many months.
Gill said if the ordinance is voted down, a special town meeting would be called to authorize a wind project moratorium. If a moratorium were enacted, another ordinance banning wind development would be written and voted on by residents.
“Bob and I will go with whatever the people decide (on Nov. 6),” Gill said. “This will affect our town in the future.”