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Meeting to approve wind ordinance scheduled

RUMFORD – A special selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. to approve a proposed wind energy ordinance.

Voters rejected an ordinance in June by a 696-582.

The board has until Thursday to sign an ordinance in order for it to go before voters in November.

Selectman Jeremy Volkernick said at an ordinance workshop Sept. 21 that he believed the board was rushing completion of the ordinance.

“I will take my time, and I will do it right,” Volkernick said then.

Volkernick has been absent from the wind workshops since he made the statement.

Wind power projects and a wind ordinance have been a controversial topic since First Wind proposed building a $60 million project, asking for the construction of 12 turbines, on sections of Black Mountain.

Also on the agenda is signing filing certificates for a charter amendment. The change would allow selectmen to hire an attorney who lives outside Rumford.

Volkernick and Selectman Jolene Lovejoy said they would like to look for an attorney who was experienced with Maine municipalities and TIF programs.