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Dixfield voters to discuss amended wind ordinance draft at May 7 public hearing

DIXFIELD – For the third time in three years, residents Thursday will discuss whether to approve a revised Wind Energy Facility Ordinance and repeal the prior ordinance.

The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. May 7 in the community room of Dirigo High School.

Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing a 20-megawatt wind turbine project on the Col. Holman Mountain ridge.

Residents approved an wind development ordinance in November 2012 and in early 2013, selectmen voted to have the Planning Board strengthen it. The Planning Board brought its recommendations to selectmen, who made revisions and put the issue on the November 2014 ballot. The article called for repealing the original ordinance and adopting the amended one. Voters rejected the revised law, 553-567.

The board subsequently voted 4-1 to take the Planning Board’s original recommendations and place its draft on the June 9 ballot.

Also Thursday, residents will discuss whether to approve a Recall of Elected Municipal Officers Ordinance at the polls June 9.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the ordinance would “provide the means and method by which citizens of the town of Dixfield can recall or remove an elected municipal officer from office, with the exception of school board members.”