WILTON — The Planning Board is expected to table a Central Maine Power Co. transmission project application during its Jan. 16 meeting, Selectperson Tom Saviello said Tuesday evening.

“There may be some kind of legal action,” he said. “I’ve had a group, a nonprofit, come forward and offer to help with those expenses.”

Saviello said no official proposal had been made, he just wanted to update the Select Board.

Last October, voters overwhelmingly approved a 180-day Elective Electrical Transmission Corridor Moratorium, giving the Planning Board time to draft an ordinance to govern such projects.

The Planning Board is working on an ordinance, he said.

Code Enforcement Officer Charlie Lavin said the Planning Board is expected to determine if the application is complete. If it is, the application would be suspended, as outlined in the moratorium.

In other matters, the board continued discussion of parking limits on Main Street and limiting through truck traffic on several side roads.

The Parking and Traffic Ordinance allows parking for three-hour increments on Main Street between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It applies from the bridge by Prospect Street to the Goodspeed Bridge. From 6 p.m. to midnight on those days, and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, there is no limit on parking.

Town Manager Rhonda Irish said food trucks, contractors working in nearby buildings and others often exceed the limit.

Irish said she conferred with Lavin and suggested the ordinance be changed to allow special considerations for food trucks, contractors and others. The exceptions would be coordinated with the police department, she suggested.

The board will consider the proposed change, as well as prohibiting commercial truck traffic on Gilbert Street and Preston Street during its next meeting.

The board is authorized to make changes to the Traffic and Parking Ordinance following a public hearing.

The board also accepted Water Department and Wastewater Department 2020 budgets.

The Water Department budget of $542,579 reflects a 7.2% increase over last year. The Wastewater Department budget increased nearly 3% to $843,942.

Heinz Gossman, superintendent of the departments, said the increases were due, in part, to the cost of chemicals.

“I am also going to try to add an employee to split between the departments,” he said. “This isn’t going to be something that happens right away, I am just trying to plan ahead and get it into the budget.”

Irish said the budgets equaled anticipated revenues.


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