I'm not sure about this, but it sounds as though the town council in Fort Kent may not be looking out for its citizens who wanted an alternative wind ordinance on the ballot. The name of the citizens group is: Citizens for Responsible Wind Development, or CROWD
Rushing to the defense of the town council is Town Manger, Don Guimond.
A petition to place the alternative ordinance was presented to the Fort Kent Town Council by Councilor Joel Desjardins at its March 8 meeting. While the petition and signatures were declared valid, the council opted against placing the CROWD proposed ordinance on the annual warrant.
“The council determined proper zoning procedures — as determined by state statute — had not been followed,” said Don Guimond, town manager.
For what its worth, the Town Manager is on the state's Board of Environmental Protection, appointed by Governor Baldacci. http://www.maine.gov/dep/bep/bepbio.htm
Mr. Guimond is the Town Manager of Fort Kent, a position he has held since December 1993. As Town Manager Mr. Guimond is responsible for many aspects of local government including budget preparation and implementation; personnel management; oversight of police, fire and public works departments; as well as oversight of economic and community development initiatives. In 2009, the US Small Business Administration honored Mr. Guimond with its Phoenix Award for outstanding service to his community during the 2008 spring floods. Other professional experience includes service as the Planning and Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of Fort Kent, Program Assistant for the Farm Service Agency, and Manager of the Fort Kent Federal Credit Union. He has also served as Director for the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Aroostook Municipal Association. Mr. Guimond is a partner/operator of a family farm consisting of over 1000 acres, maintaining a cow/calf operation in excess of 100 broad cows as well as the harvesting of grains, hay, straw and forest products. He was recognized as the St. John Valley Outstanding Conservation Farmer in 1990 and Maine Beef Producer of the Year in 1993. Mr. Guimond is also a certified official for the United States Biathlon Association. Mr. Guimond holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Husson College and an MBA from Norwich University. He was appointed to the Board in April 2004 by Governor Baldacci.
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