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Hearing on D-F corridor​ ​moratorium​ ​extension​ will be May 14

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Four years ago residents approved an ordinance concerning private distribution corridors, including paved highways, pipelines and high-tension transmission lines. The moratorium enacted in 2014 — meaning permits for these types of development projects cannot be granted during the timeline — was in effect for 180​ ​days.​ ​The​ ​moratorium​ ​has​ ​since​ ​been​ ​renewed​ ​seven ​times​ ​with​ ​the​ ​current​ ​extension​ ​in​ ​place​ ​through​ ​May 25.

“We have before us the moratorium again and the need for a public hearing,” Select Vice Chair Cindy Freeman Cyr said during a April 23 selectmen’s meeting. The board then signed the notice to hold a public hearing on an extension, which would run for another 180 days from May 26 to Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14.

Moratorium extensions can be put in place as long as reasonable progress is being made to address the needs identified in the document, such as the town continuing to work on the land use ordinance. The selectmen have said the land use ordinance committee has been meeting diligently to get the document ready for a vote at the November referendum.

In other business, the selectmen moved the second May meeting to avoid a conflict with Memorial Day.

“It looks like it needs to be after the RSU 68 budget meeting,” Freeman Cyr said. The selectmen will meet on Wednesday, May 30, a day after the annual RSU 68 district budget meeting at the SeDoMoCha School on Tuesday, May 29.

The May 30 select meeting will feature a public hearing on the June 12 referendum ballot, as town officials signed this documentation.

The selectmen also set a summer meeting schedule, with sessions being held once a month rather than bimonthly. These meetings will be be Monday, June 18, Monday, July 23 and Monday, Aug. 27.

In his report, Town Manager Jack Clukey said a residential waste “free day” will be held next month at the transfer station. “Saturday, May 5 is what we call the free day, with certain limitations on tires and different things,” he said.

Free day hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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