FARMINGTON — A brief special Town Meeting was held Tuesday night, May 25, for voters to consider four proposed amendments to town ordinances.

Only selectmen, other town officials and two representatives from Willow Springs attended the meeting, selectman chairman Matthew Smith said Wednesday evening.

Selectmen had approved the proposed amendments at the April 27 meeting.

A section was added to the Adult Use and Medical Marijuana Ordinance to clarify the responsibility of marijuana licensees/permittees in making prompt, timely payment for licenses/permits and the consequences of not doing so.

Additions/changes to the Land Use Table in the Public Wellhead Protection Ordinance will allow aboveground and underground propane storage and multiunit/family housing on municipal sewer in wellhead protection zones 1 and 2 with Planning Board approval. Parking lots will now be allowed in zone 1 with Planning Board approval.

The amendments to the Wellhead Protection Ordinance are needed for a 25-unit affordable housing development being considered on Willow Springs Road. The units would be for people 62 years and older, with construction planned to start next spring.

Changes in a section of the Zoning Ordinance further describe the definition of group home, hospice, nursing home, convalescent home, rest home and residential care facility. The amendments tighten requirements for those facilities.

Other changes approved in the Zoning Ordinance describe the definition of chemical dependency treatment with four medications currently in use listed. The new wording indicates others are possible, there may be new treatments that aren’t chemicals.

During the regular Board of Selectmen meeting selectmen approved a renewal application for a lunch wagon permit, authorized several department expenditures and accepted grant funds for Police Department purchases.

White Fox Taverna, a lunch wagon owned and operated by Nikolaos Regas, 800 Fairbanks Road, was overlooked when other permits were renewed at the last meeting, Town Manager Richard Davis said adding it was out of sync with the cycle.

A $24,950 bid was awarded to Fowlers Roofing and Construction of Chelsea to replace the Hippach Field fieldhouse roof. Responses were received from three of the 15 contractors contacted, Davis said.

Steelmen Roofing of Skowhegan submitted a $27,750 bid.

“Fowlers has been around a lot longer, gave me references,” Parks and Recreation Director Matthew Foster said. “We don’t necessarily need it fast. Activities are planned in the fieldhouse this summer, may need to wait until fall (for the roof replacement).”

A $6,358.84 bid was awarded Adrenaline Construction of Farmington for LED lighting replacement at the Hippach Field tennis courts. Foster said it was the lowest bid submitted. The LED lights should save electricity and last longer, he noted.

Selectmen authorized money for the two projects be taken from the Hippach Field projects reserve account.

The $71,959.40 bid awarded to Dead River of Farmington to replace the heating system at the town garage was the only one received, Davis said. Some companies said they wouldn’t be able to do it for two years, he added. The current system loses a lot of heat every time the door opens while the new one won’t lose heat as quickly, Davis noted.

A MMA Safety Grant for up to $2,000 to purchase load bearing vests, shirts and attachments to relieve weight of duty belts was accepted for the Police Department.

Several officers are already outfitted with the lighter gear on doctor’s recommendations, Police Chief Kenneth Charles said. The new gear is much cheaper, wears longer and has better ventilation too, he said.

A $2,853 ByrneJAG grant was accepted to purchase game cameras and an additional load bearing vest with shirt and attachments. The grant will pay for the one outfit the department has left to purchase, Charles said. The two cameras the department has are really old, new ones can be put in multiple places and provide more real time footage, he noted.

Selectmen also canceled the June 8 Board of Selectmen meeting. There are no items for the agenda, Davis said noting he will be on vacation the preceding week.

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