Wind power moratorium on Woodstock warrant


WOODSTOCK — Selectmen voted this week to place a request for a six-month moratorium on wind power projects on the annual town meeting warrant set for March 29.

The citizen-initiated request was submitted by Leola Ballweber, who said people should have more time to consider whether a wind farm planned for construction this summer on Spruce Mountain would benefit the town.

“Mrs. Ballweber has done her homework and the petition process has been well done,” Town Manager Vern Maxfield said. “As a result the board unanimously voted to add the article to the town meeting warrant for a vote of the people.”

Selectmen also scheduled a public hearing on the issue for 5 p.m. Thursday, March 25. The hearing will be held before another by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection at 6 p.m. Both will be in the gymnasium at the Woodstock Elementary School on Rumford Avenue.

The board is urging people to attend and let fficials know what their thoughts, Maxfield said.