FARMINGDALE — A revision of the firearms ordinance that would include more limits on firing black-powered weapons is among several ordinances the Board of Selectmen want to tackle in time for town meeting in June.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Board of Selectmen Chairman David Sirois said a Russell Street resident complained that someone has been firing a black-powdered weapon toward his house while target practicing.

Sirois said there have been advances in black-powdered weapons and the new ones have a range that is more like high-powered rifles.

Sirois wants the ordinance revising to ban anyone from firing such weapons east of the Maine Turnpike, which includes the Hayford Heights area, and is more heavily populated than the west side. Now, the ordinance allows firing black-powdered weapons on both sides of the turnpike.

Sirois said details of the proposed change are “still in the development stage.”

In other business, the Farmingdale Historical Society presented an ordinance to selectmen that would allow any resident who has a historic home in town to have it reviewed and listed as a historical site.

Clif Andreasen, a member of the historical society, said those homes that are approved for a historical landmark listing will get a sign with the date the home was built and will be eligible to apply for grant money from the state or federal governments.

He added that improvements must fit the character of the home.

Selectmen also said they want to redo the appeals board ordinance so it more clearly defines what duties the board is charged with, leaving less to interpretation.

Selectmen want to write an ordinance so residents can apply for low-interest loans to make energy efficient improvements to their homes through the federal Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which is administered through Efficiency Maine.


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