SEDGWICK, Maine — Residents voted at their annual town meeting Saturday to turn down a moratorium on telecommunications towers, antennas and wind turbines in excess of 50 feet.
The Board of Selectmen sought the change to give the town time to examine possible amendments to zoning and land-use ordinances to address placement and construction of such structures.
More than 60 registered voters attended the meeting out of nearly 900 residents. The meeting began at 9 a.m. at the Sedgwick Town House.
Gordon Gianninoto was among those who spoke Saturday.
The Sedgwick resident said he supported having a telecommunication tower near his residence on Caterpillar Hill because of the need for better equipment to address the places in Hancock County where no signal is available.
Town officials have been discussing the possibility of a moratorium on towers for several years now.
“We had a cell phone tower go up on the Ridge Road a couple of years ago,” Nelson Grindal said in a previous Bangor Daily News story. “And there have been rumblings of the possibility of another one and some wind power generators. The planning board and the code enforcement officer asked us to do a moratorium to give us time to develop an ordinance to keep a control on it.”
While the moratorium was turned down, voters approved the other items on the town warrant including access and road issues
There were no contested races in municipal elections. The town election was held on Friday. Selectman Tom O’Connor died in February but nonetheless was elected to a three-year seat on the board.
Cynthia Reilly, town clerk and treasurer, said Sunday that after O’Connor died it was too late to have the ballots redone.
“He died in such a short time before the election, we did not have time to recall the ballots,” she said. “He got all of the votes that were cast, so therefore there is a failure to elect and we will be going to a special election.”
She said it would be up to the selectmen to schedule another election in the future.