DIXFIELD — Two weeks after voting to place an amended wind energy facility ordinance on the June 14 referendum ballot, the selectmen will vote Monday, April 11, on whether to officially certify the ordinance draft.

The ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing wind turbines on Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. It passed in November 2012, but zoning restrictions in it were unenforceable.

In November 2014, an amended version was rejected. In June 2015, the Planning Board’s original draft was also rejected.

In August 2015, selectmen accepted a citizens’ petition to adopt the sound standards of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for the ordinance, which included a limit of 42 decibels at night and 55 decibels during the day.

In January, the board unanimously voted to include the DEP sound levels in the ordinance, but not 27 pages of DEP standards that Board of Selectmen Chairman Hart Daley said were not applicable to the town.

At its March 28 meeting, the board voted to put the ordinance draft that was defeated in June 2015, with amended sound limits of 42 decibels at night and 55 decibels during the day.

Other items on the agenda include:

• Discussion on the Mexico Sewer District contract;

• Department head reports;

• Address from chairman to the board and public;

• Executive session to discuss a legal matter. 

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