SUMNER — Petitioners have garnered enough signatures to put the issue of a tower to measure wind power on Mollyockett Mountain to a vote at the annual town meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.

 At a special town meeting on June 24, voters rejected by 5 votes a proposal to authorize the town to spend $11,000 to survey and clear land for the possible siting of the tower. The petition had 56 signatures.

Town Clerk Susan Runes said the town has to find means of revenue. She said there would only be about $60,000 left in the surplus fund when taxes start coming in.

“If the state referendum reducing excise taxes passes in November, we will lose a lot of revenue and taxes will have to go up,” she said. Wind power would be one means of getting much-needed revenue, she said.

Wilda Dunham reported to the board that she had met with the bidders for the paving of the helipad and she wouldn’t accept their bids because none of the bidders met the specifications. She will rebid the project. The Fire Department Auxiliary has paid for the helipad from the beginning of the project and they have $7,900 in reserve for the paving.

A complaint was raised against the owner of five hunting dogs belonging to Maine registered guide Maurice Hart, who raises bear hunting dogs. A neighbor has called the animal control officer, saying the dogs were not being taken care of properly.

Hart said he feeds the dogs specific foods to keep them healthy for bear hunting and the neighbor has been bringing other food to them. He said tonight that he would be filing a restraining order to keep her off his property.

Hart has a license to help the state with bear problems and he is a registered animal control officer. He also helps state biologists change collars on bears they are monitoring.


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