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The next Town Council Meeting
is going to be held on Nov. 20 at 6:00pm!

Maine State Outdoors LawsNEW:  The Town Office will no longer receive paper copies of Regulations books for Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiles, and ATV's.  The link below will direct you to the website where you can dowload your own digital copies.  


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Fort Fairfield Celebrations of Lights

Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council Encourages Enlightenment in Community During Celebration of Lights!

(Fort Fairfield) – The Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council is seeking to spark some excitement in the community for the Holidays with an electrifying new project – the Fort Fairfield Celebration of Lights!  This new, community-wide initiative is designed to bring more light to some of the darkest days of the year by encouraging businesses and homeowners to create a more festive atmosphere in town by decorating their storefronts and homes.

“We’ve been meeting with business and community leaders for months now to refine our plans to bring more buzz to Main Street,” explained Phil Christensen, President of the Quality of Place Council.  “We’ve been drawing up plans to illuminate some areas downtown and working with business owners to help incentivize them to join in the fun.  The response has been terrific, and despite some challenges with this early winter weather, we are excited to put the next phase of the plan into action.”

Over the past few weeks, the Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council has allocated several thousand dollars to replace some of the decorations that were destroyed when the Community Bandstand collapsed and to invest in additional lights to be used on a variety of downtown businesses and landmarks.  Those lights will be on nightly for all to enjoy from December 2nd until January 2nd from 4 to 10pm.  Now, the Council is encouraging property owners to join in the fun.

Any address is Fort Fairfield is eligible to participate in the Celebration of Lights Home Decorating Competition.  A top-secret panel of judges will be traveling throughout the community from 5 to 10pm on Saturday December 15th to take in the sights (and hopefully some sounds!) of participating homes to select the top three holiday light displays.  Those homeowners will win valuable gift cards and prizes from a variety of local businesses.  To register, all homeowners have to do is email ffqualityplace@yahoo.com with their name, address and phone number by midnight December 14th.  Not computer savvy?  Feel free and contact Tim Goff at 939-2440 and provide that same info and you'll be entered to win.  

“This is a great chance for the young, and the young at heart, to enjoy a tradition that many members of the Council fondly recall – driving through neighborhoods and oohing and aahing at the dazzling lights glistening on a blanket of fresh fallen snow,” added Christensen.  “It is our hope that by encouraging our residents to create some beautiful displays, we can create new traditions for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information on the program, or to get involved, please contact Phil Christensen at 227-1644 or email ffqualityplace@yahoo.com

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The ordinance creates a set of guidelines for the development of commercial wind energy projects in the community.  The rules regulating wind energy developments were drafted by the council-appointed Wind Energy Technical Review Committee, which featured twelve community members who met every two weeks for nearly ten months.  The ordinance that was adopted is the culmination of dozens of meetings, hundreds of hours of research, and considerable public input over the ten month period.

“The residents of Fort Fairfield asked the Town Council to develop a set of rules for wind energy development that would protect the public health, safety and welfare of the town’s citizens,” stated Fort Fairfield Town Manager, James Risner.  “The Wind Energy Technical Review Committee took its duties seriously, dug deep into the matter, and delivered its recommendations to the Council in the form of this ordinance.”

Fort Fairfield has long been an attractive potential location for commercial wind development due to its many large, wind-swept hills and ridges with several projects proposed for the area in the past.  The Town Council decided to impose a moratorium on the development of any project so that the town could develop an ordinance to address the issue.  That moratorium was passed in October of 2014 and extended for an additional 180 days in March 2015 to allow the committee and the council to complete the task of drafting and adopting an ordinance regulating wind energy developments.

In adopting the ordinance Wednesday evening, councilors stated the intention of the ordinance is to create a workable set of rules for wind energy development that protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens. .  Councilors also made it clear that the regulations established in the ordinance can be changed if there are compelling reasons to do so.  The new Wind Energy Development Ordinance goes into effect immediately.  

Click here to download a copy of the Wind Energy Development ordinance.

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