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Wind ordinance before Rumford board again

RUMFORD – Selectmen will once again consider what action to take regarding a wind power ordinance when they meet Thursday.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Rumford Falls Auditorium.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said two proposed ordinances were defeated in November 2010 and June 2011. One was considered too restrictive by some and the other was considered not restrictive enough by others.

He said the board may establish a schedule of meetings to write another ordinance.

The town is currently under a moratorium on any wind development projects.

First Wind, of Boston, Mass., has proposed building industrial wind turbines on Black Mountain and two adjacent mountains.

In other matters, the board will hear a report by Ron Smith, a certified public accountant from Buxton, on the 2009-10 municipal audit. Smith was hired to redo the audit earlier this year after Harold Blake of Hallowell was discovered to be unlicensed to conduct municipal audits.

Puiia said Smith is expected to make several recommendations for changes in policies.

Also on Thursday’s agenda are items dealing with tax-acquired properties, appointments to several boards and committees, and an update on regionalization efforts.