ROXBURY – No one has taken out nomination papers to run for a three-year selectman’s term to be filed by vote at a special June 17 town meeting, Town Clerk Nina Rollins said Friday afternoon.
To get papers Monday would require calling Rollins at home. Or, candidates can stop by the town office polls from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m. Tuesday during the state primaries and referendum balloting. Papers are due to be returned by Tuesday, however.
The selectman’s seat opened on April 11 when Selectman Christine “Tina” Howard resigned. Howard, Roxbury’s former town clerk, tax co lector and treasurer, was illegally elected a month earlier at town meeting.
“We need to fill her spot,” Rollins said.
According to Maine law, a tax collector can’t be elected as selectman or to any other elected position until the collector has completed his or her collection duties.
That, however, couldn’t have been done before the March 3 town meeting.
Nomination papers were made available on April 24.
In other Roxbury municipal news, the remaining two selectmen, Chairman Mark Touchette and Deborah DeRoche, have called a special town meeting to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 at the town office.
According to the warrant, voters will elect a selectman to replace Howard, act to raise and/or appropriate $5,000 for fire protection for 2008/09, act to authorize selectmen to raise $1,000 for the River Valley Growth Council, and vote on enactment of an ordinance entitled “Wind Power Development Moratorium.”
The $5,000 for the fire department, was inadvertently omitted from its operations budget account at town meeting, so voters only OK’d $10,000.
Regarding the wind power moratorium ordinance, Concerned Citizens to Save Roxbury submitted a petition bearing 89 signatures to selectmen three weeks after Roxbury town meeting voters passed a zoning amendment permitting wind turbines along the town’s prominent ridgelines.
Selectmen accepted the petition, which CCSR founder Linda Kuras said on Friday was filed following procedural irregularities surrounding the vote and inherent problems with the zoning amendment.
She said the moratorium, if approved, would give Roxbury time to learn more about wind energy and to prepare an ordinance “which reasonably considers wind development, but that’s also consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan.”
Kuras’ group will convene a public information forum starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 – three days prior to the special town meeting – to educate people about wind power and its ramifications to Roxbury.
Industrial wind power experts will comment or answer questions. Several films will be shown throughout the day and a scale model wind turbine will be displayed.
“Our goal is to keep the vote a fair and informed vote,” Kuras said.
By Terry Karkos
9 June 2008
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