ROXBURY – After three years without a representative on the SAD 43 board because no one wanted the seat, selectmen finally found someone Friday night.
Selectman Mark Touchette nominated Mark Henry to the term, which expires by town meeting in March 2009. Henry said he was glad to get the appointment because he has four children in the SAD 43 system.
Henry was also appointed by selectmen to the Planning Board for a three-year term.
Newly elected Selectman Christine “Tina” Howard was named chairwoman. The board then proceeded to appoint the following:
• Town Clerk Nina Rollins as both administrative assistant and registrar of voters
• Raymond Carver as fire chief
• Dale Roberts as assistant fire chief
• Rich Kent as both plumbing inspector and code enforcement officer
• Roland Patenaude to the Board of Appeals
• Mary Touchette as civil defense director and health officer.
Selectmen tabled a motion to appoint an animal control officer because Touchette had yet to contact the town’s current officer, Karin Milligan.
In other business, selectmen agreed to post the following town roads as off limits to vehicles weighing more than 23,000 pounds until May 15, or later depending on spring thaw: Route 17, which is known as Roxbury Road through town; Horseshoe Valley Road; Main Street and South Shore Road at Roxbury Pond; and Canwell Hill Road.
Planning Board Chairman Barry Bunten wanted more stringent measures, like requiring logging operations that use Roxbury roads to post a bond that would be used to cover any damage to area roads from trucking.
“There’s been two times this winter. Both involved cutting in Rumford and Byron where they hauled wood across our roads. We don’t have the money to fix them,” Bunten said.
Selectmen took the issue under advisement.
Carver asked when to expect the board to schedule a special town meeting regarding their oversight at leaving nearly $5,000 off his budget request, which they’d already approved. Due to the error, town meeting voters on March 3 could only OK the recommended $10,000 in the article.
Both Touchette and Howard told him such a meeting would have to be held sometime in April or May, but prior to setting the tax rate.
Resident Tom Beauchesne started discussion on the status of a wind-power project proposed for Roxbury and Byron, especially since Byron town meeting voters on Monday soundly defeated an ordinance amendment that would have allowed such structures.
“They still plan to do it in Roxbury,” Touchette said of Record Hill Wind principals Angus King, Robert Gardiner and Wagner Forest Management.
Touchette said King and Gardiner will again hold more informational meetings in town on the project, possibly starting as early as next month.
Resident Linda Kuras, who opposes the project, got permission from Touchette to use the town hall for informational meetings for people against wind turbines.
A Wagner representative, Gordon Gamble of Roxbury, said sound testing is scheduled to start within a few weeks.
The audience was told that the testing doesn’t use turbines, but rather determines how sound moves off the top of area mountains. That will determine how high up towers should be placed, pending successful completion of Roxbury’s and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s permitting process.
By Terry Karkos
15 March 2008
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