During a Windham Town Council meeting on Nov. 14, councilors appointed three Windham residents to town committees and approved spending $580,685 toward the cost of equipment to be used by town departments.
|Members of the Windham Town Council vote to adopt|
amendments to the town's Industrial Zone in South
Windham during a meeting on Nov. 14.
PHOTO BY ED PIERCE
Haggard also was appointed by the council to the Windham Library Board of Trustees for a three-year term to expire Feb. 15, 2027.
Council members also appointed Gale Savard of Windham to the Planning Board as an alternate for a three-year term to expire Feb. 15, 2027 and Mike Duffy of Windham to the Substance Prevention Grant Committee for a three-year term to expire Aug. 15, 2026.
Windham Town Manager Barry Tibbetts told the council that during the Annual Town Meeting in Windham in June, voters approved requests from town departments for the purchase of certain vehicles and other equipment.
Some of that equipment included A 2023 Ford Interceptor and related equipment for the Windham Fire/Rescue Department; a 2023 Ford E450 Braun Chief XL Chassis Ambulance; A 2023 Ford E-450 Chief XL Remount Ambulance; a Utility Pickup Truck and related equipment for the Fire/Rescue Department; and an International Single Axle Dump Truck with cab, chassis, and related plowing and sanding gear for the Windham, Public Works Department.
Tibbetts said that the Town Treasurer made an original expenditure in the amount of $43,376.80 on Nov. 2 for the purpose of acquiring the Fire/Rescue Department Ford Interceptor and related equipment and the town expects to make additional original expenditures to acquire the vehicle prior to closing on the lease purchase financing,
Councilors voted to declare the town’s official intent within established Treasury Regulations to pay, on an interim basis, up to $580,685 of costs of the Equipment, and which costs the town reasonably expects to reimburse with proceeds of the lease purchase financing to be issued in the maximum principal amount of $580,685, or as otherwise increased by the Town Council.
After receiving a briefing from Amanda Lessard, Windham Planning Director, about proposed amendments to the Land Use Ordinance in the town’s Industrial Zone, in South Windham near Gambo Road between the railroad crossing and the river.
She said in the past year that town staff working with the Windham Economic Development Corporation and several property owners in the Industrial district discussed some opportunities to increase the allowed uses and make some changes in the Industrial Zone in uses in dimensional and performance standards as those found in the Enterprise Industrial District in Windham. The changes were approved by the Windham Ordinance Committee and passed on the Planning Board.
According to Lessard, the Windham Planning Board reviewed the proposed amendments during a public hearing on Oct. 23, suggesting that the 30-foot proposed buffer requirement would be prohibitive for office building and recommending some flexibilty regarding proposed buffer requirements in the Industrial Zone.
After a discussion, councilors voted unanimously for adopting the amendments to the ordinance which include the addition of permitted uses, a reduction of front setbacks, the addition of buffer yards along the street, the removal of open space with new maximum building and impervious area standards, and the screening of outdoor storage from view from public ways. <