Patriot Renewables Wind Project Opponents Win Dixfield Board Seats

Daley, Belskis win Dixfield board seats


DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen will look very different when it meets next week, thanks to Tuesday's election when residents voted in Oxford County Sheriff's Office Capt. Hart Daley and local automobile business owner Scott Belskis.

Longtime Selectman Norine Clarke was defeated in her bid for another term. Board Chairman Stephen Donahue chose not to run.

Voting totals for the two open seats were: Daley, 193; Belskis, 140; Clarke, 118; and Janice Merrill, 91.

Both Belskis, 47, and Daley, also 47, have opposed going forward with a plan by Patriot Renewables LLC to erect an industrial wind turbine project on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridgeline.

Clarke and Donahue devoted a considerable amount of time to writing a wind turbine ordinance that residents may vote on during the November elections.

Daley has said that he believes a committee should write such an ordinance.

Both Belskis and Daley also believe that the town has not been as transparent with information about a wind project as it could be.

The new board will meet for the first time and reorganize at 5 p.m., June 18, at the Town Office.

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Minutes—Special Town Meeting

October 14, 2009—6:00 p.m.

Dirigo High School Community Room

Town Manager, Eugene R. Skibitsky opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. by reading the Greetings

of the Special Town Meeting Warrant and Article 1.

Article 1. To elect by written ballot a Moderator to preside at said meeting. James Desjardins nominated David Duguay. This motion was seconded by Steven Donahue. There were no

other nominations. Ralph Clarke moved to cease nominations, seconded by Raymond Carlton.

Seven (7) people came forward to cast a written ballot for David Duguay. Eugene Skibitsky

administered the oath of Moderator to Mr. Duguay. (Oath recorded in the Dixfield Town Office). Richard Pickett made the motion to allow non-residents to speak, seconded by David

Holman. Motion passed. Moderator Duguay then proceeded to Article 2.

Article 2. To see if the town will vote by written ballot to approve and adopt the WIND

ENERGY FACILITY MORATORIUM ORDINANCE as recommended by the Board of Selectmen. Eugene Skibitsky moved to approve the Article, seconded by Raymond Carlton. The

Moderator opened the floor to discussion. At this time there was no discussion and Ralph

Clarke moved the question, seconded by William DeVries. So voted.

Rhonda Palmer moved to reconsider the question, seconded by Kelly Sastamoine. So voted.

After much discussion and questions concerning the moratorium, David Holman moved the

question, seconded by Ralph Clarke. The motion failed 34-18.

The Town Manager and Board of Selectmen explained the purpose and time limit of the moratorium that would allow a board to work on an ordinance regulating the proposed wind turbines.

Many questions and comments followed. Timothy Holman made the motion to move the question, seconded by David Holman. So voted.

Voting on Article 2 was by written ballot with the following results:

YES 52

NO 11

Steven Donahue made motion to adjourn at 6:55 p.m., seconded by Ralph Clarke. So voted.

Approximately 65 people attended the meeting.

True copy attest:

Vickie R. Carrier, Deputy Town Clerk


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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