RUMFORD — Despite previous reports that representatives from Bay State-based First Wind LLC would make a presentation at Thursday night's Board of Selectmen meeting on their proposed wind power project, that's not going to happen.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Tuesday afternoon that First Wind representatives will instead attend the board's July 1 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in Rumford Falls Auditorium.
And they won't be giving a presentation. Project Manager Neil Kiely will provide selectmen with an update on the company's development process, Puiia said.
“He said they're aware that an ordinance is being written, so he said it's premature to present their project without knowing what the people have approved,” Puiia said. “They're just gathering information.”
The ordinance is being drafted by the selectmen's Wind Power Advisory Committee. It is not expected to go before voters until the November election, the town manager said.
“If the ordinance would make it feasible for their project, then they are prepared to move forward,” Puiia said.
Last year, First Wind came before selectmen with a tentative plan to build a wind farm on Black Mountain and North and South Twin mountains.
However, last November, a company spokesman said that due to the intensity of wind blowing on those peaks, it wasn't feasible to use the turbines they had selected.
Rumford then enacted a six-month moratorium on wind power and extended it another six months to give the committee sufficient time to develop an ordinance to regulate such developments.
First Wind's cancellation leaves selectmen with meager business to settle. A special meeting will be held at 6 p.m. to determine a welfare budget for 2010-11. Town meeting voters last week rejected funding the state-mandated item at $70,021 by a vote of 965-727.
Selectmen are likely to reduce the amount and try again, necessitating an informational meeting set for July 1 prior to the board meeting, and a special town meeting vote by secret ballot. That will be determined at Thursday night's meeting.
Other new business includes:
A request to ban all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes from an unofficial road named Oak Street.
Accepting the resignation of Appeals Board member Kevin Saisi and learning of four vacancies on the Finance Committee.
A request to put a Revolutionary flag display on memorials.
Approval of hawkers and peddlers licenses for Ginger Pike, doing business as Sweet 'n Refreshing Shop; Tom Powell, dba Surry Seafood Co.; and Michael Philbrick, dba Danmark Food Concessions.