Dixfield wind ordinance stands


DIXFIELD — Residents voted Tuesday not to rescind the town’s 2012 wind power ordinance and adopt the state’s governance of wind power projects.

The vote was 616-642.

The Wind Energy Facility Ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Massachusetts, approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing wind turbines on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. It mandates the state standard for sound limits of 42 decibels at night and 55 decibels during the day.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the ordinance also contains zoning language that is unenforceable. The town’s next move, he said, will most likely be to continue to work on a new draft and remove the zoning language.