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Wendell resolves most town business, waits on fracking

WENDELL — With less than a dozen residents, this month’s special town meeting passed all the financial housekeeping items on the agenda but deferred a statement on the controversial drilling technique called “fracking.”

Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich said the turnout, 11 residents, was one more than the quorum needed but the feeling was that a bigger audience was needed for the article banning hydraulic fracturing in town.

With no plans for the controversial natural gas mining practice in place, the citizen-proposed article is either preemptive or symbolic. It will now be taken up at the spring annual town meeting.

Items approved, all transfers from the surplus to pay past year bills unless otherwise noted:

∎ $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.

∎  A state provision striking dog-licensing fees for service animals for pet owners 70 and over.

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