Wind power moratorium extended


DIXFIELD — Selectmen unanimously approved a extending the town’s six month wind power moratorium another six months, after a public hearing Monday night.

Board Chairwoman Bettina Martin said the additional time will allow an ordinance to be written that would govern development of such projects. The moratorium went into effect in October.

Martin said the subcommittee charged with writing the ordinance expects to have a proposal ready for selectmen’s action and public hearings well before the six-month moratorium extension is up. Residents must act on the ordinance proposal.

In other matters, Martin said another session has been called for 5 p.m. April 19 to continue building the 2010-11 municipal budget. She said all departments have been reviewed except for public works and buildings and grounds. Those are due to be reviewed at the April 19 meeting.

The board may likely adopt a full budget at its regularly scheduled meeting April 26. Martin said the proposed budget will likely be the same or slightly lower than the current year’s operating budget of $1.9 million.

Residents will act on it at the annual town meeting May 27.

Also on Monday, selectmen put out the annual call for nominations for the annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. Nominees should be actively involved in the community. Nominations must be received by the town office by 4 p.m. May 10.

Selectmen will choose the recipient, who will be honored at the annual town meeting.

In other matters:

• The board voted to replace a “Yield” sign with a “Stop” sign at Bull Rock and Blayne streets.

• Selectmen learned of a Maine Municipal Association Risk Management grant that the public works department has applied for. The Safety Enhancement Grant asks for $1,834 to purchase clothing and helmets used for welding, fireproof cabinets, and goggles.

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