Wendell meeting to dispense with prior year bills, fracking

WENDELL — A special town meeting Thursday will weigh in on the controversial oil and gas mining practice known as fracking, after addressing a handful of financial house-cleaning items.

Proposed by a resident and put on the agenda by the Selectboard, Article 5 would ban hydraulic fracturing, know as fracking, or prospecting for that purpose within Wendell’s borders.

Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich said there has been no indication of interest in drilling or oil, although the relatively new technique has been criticized by some fearing environmental pollution where it has been used in the middle of the country and climate change from more carbon-producing fossil fuels.

The other non-monetary article on the agenda would adopt a state legal provision striking dog licensing fees for service animals and for pet owners aged 70 or older. Aldrich said this is part of a push to license all dogs in town. Rabies vaccinations will still be required for these pets, but the fee paid to the town clerk will be waived.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the old Town Hall, at the intersection of Locks Village and Morse Village roads.

Items also on the agenda, all transfers from the surplus to pay past year bills:

∎  $1,610, electrical inspector bill.

∎  $329.04, Hamshaw Lumber bill.

∎  $248.98, Zoning Board of Appeals expense.

∎  $2,064.40, bill from maker of snowplow cutting edges Atlantic Broom.

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