DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen will look very different when it meets next week, thanks to Tuesday’s election when residents voted in Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Hart Daley and local automobile business owner Scott Belskis.

Longtime Selectman Norine Clarke was defeated in her bid for another term. Board Chairman Stephen Donahue chose not to run.

Voting totals for the two open seats were: Daley, 193; Belskis, 140; Clarke, 118; and Janice Merrill, 91.

Both Belskis, 47, and Daley, also 47, have opposed going forward with a plan by Patriot Renewables LLC to erect an industrial wind turbine project on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridgeline.

Clarke and Donahue devoted a considerable amount of time to writing a wind turbine ordinance that residents may vote on during the November elections.

Daley has said that he believes a committee should write such an ordinance.

Both Belskis and Daley also believe that the town has not been as transparent with information about a wind project as it could be.

The new board will meet for the first time and reorganize at 5 p.m., June 18, at the Town Office.


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