BYRON – Residents on Monday night will decide, among other things, whether to amend a building ordinance that, if approved, would allow the construction of wind turbines in this northern Oxford County town.

The annual town meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Coos Canyon Schoolhouse.

The proposed amendment allows the construction of turbines up to 450 feet high. It also allows up to four years to complete construction of such turbines from the starting date, along with granting a provision for an extension.

Residents will also elect two selectmen. One seat, for a three-year term, is held by Steve Ladd. The second, for a one-year term, is for the replacement of longtime Selectman Steve Duguay.

Duguay resigned at the end of December.

Other officers slated for election include town clerk, treasurer and tax collector.

If all 35 articles are passed, residents will raise $115,600, up $13,000, or 12 percent over the municipal budget adopted for 2007.

Items increasing for the upcoming fiscal year include wages and office equipment for municipal employees and the town office, highway garage needs, snow removal, solid waste disposal and ambulance services.

Accounts that have decreased include insurance, town equipment repairs, legal services and the fire department.

Property owners who pay their taxes in full by Sept. 15 will receive a 10 percent discount if that article is passed. Interest at a rate to be set at the town meeting will accrue if taxes aren’t paid by Nov. 1.

The registrar of voters will take voter registrations between 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. on March 10.

What: Byron annual town meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. March 10

Where: Coos Canyon Schoolhouse


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