The 2017 Monroe Town Meeting was held on a pleasant June evening this year, and progressed quite smoothly.
The article that got the most discussion was Article 49:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate a solar power purchase agreement, including related license agreement and easement, between the Town and ReVision Energy Investments, LLC of Portland, Maine or it nominee, for the installation of a solar electric generating facility on the rooftop of the Monroe Town Hall and Library for a contract term of 6 to 20 years, with an option for two 5-year extensions, on such further terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen determines to be in the Town’s best interest, and to execute such agreements.
The Selectmen explained that they had talked to several companies about this opportunity for the Town to fix and lower its cost of power for the next few decades, and that ReVision had the most experience and could offer the Town exactly what was needed to do the project. At the time of our meeting it was too late to schedule the project with ReVision for 2017 and thus the intention was to negotiate a contract for installation in 2018.
The Article was amended to add–
Final authorization will take place at a special town meeting to be held when a final contract is presented to the Town.
The Article was passed with very few No votes tallied. The Selectmen will announce when a contract is completed and available for Town residents to review in advance of the special town meeting that will be called for final authorization.