ROXBURY – Selectmen took no action on a request at Tuesday night’s meeting to hire a lawyer to attend the special town meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.

That’s when voters decide if wind power facilities can be built on town hills by approving or disapproving a couple of proposed ordinance amendments.

“We took no action, because even though this is a special town meeting, it’s just like any other town meeting, where, if a motion is made, residents can decide whether or not to let non-residents speak,” Selectmen’s Chairman John Sutton said after Tuesday night’s meeting.

Balloting will also be under way from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the town office to elect a write-in candidate to represent Roxbury on the Board of Directors for Regional School Unit 10, also known as the Western Foothills School District.

The new district is comprised of SAD 21, which is comprised of Canton, Carthage, Dixfield and Peru; SAD 39, which is comprised of Buckfield, Hartford and Sumner; and SAD 43, which is comprised of Byron, Mexico, Roxbury and Rumford; and the town of Hanover.

Prior to the regionalization effort, resident Mark Henry represented the town as a SAD 43 board member.

Selectmen were also asked to clarify Thursday night’s warrant article No. 4, which Sutton said would only be voted on if No. 3 fails.

The third article asks if the town should enact a zoning change voted at the March 3 town meeting to allow wind energy facilities to be located in specified areas of town to replace the natural land use ordinance amendment approved at the March 3 town meeting.

Article 4 would repeal that March 3 change that created a new zoning district that allows massive wind turbines to be erected along Roxbury’s ridgelines.

“No. 3 repeals what’s on the books now,” Sutton said.

In other business, selectmen:

• Want to know if the town should be receiving money from Time-Warner for its cable television franchise.

• Learned that all outstanding tax liens for 2005 have been paid off and only one lien exists for 2006, that of $13.01, which is unusual for Roxbury. Normally, there are several outstanding liens, Town Clerk Nina Rollins said.

“It’s because of Renee Hodsdon’s diligence,” Rollins said of teh town’s tax collector and treasurer.

• Learned that the state will likely reimburse Roxbury for some of the money spent fixing town roads last year.

The board’s next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.



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