There may not be any windmills in Rowley, but the town is certainly taking advantage of the benefits of the power produced by this energy source. The Rowley Municipal Light Plant recently signed a purchase power agreement with a wind farm in Woodstock, Maine, which will provide 3 percent of the town's electricity needs.
Rowley's share of the wind farm will produce enough power to provide electricity for about 200 homes.
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The Board of Assessors has announced that phase three of the project to relist and remeasure every property in town began this month. This is the last phase of this three-year project, which is required by the Department of Revenue, and includes reevaluating properties in the lower Wethersfield Street area and on the east side of Central Street to Route 1, and the east side of Rowley to Plum Island Sound.
Residents can expect a visit from a representative of Vision Appraisal Technology Inc., the company that has been hired to perform this relist and remeasure initiative. They will measure and photograph the outside of the buildings and inspect the interiors to ensure that the information the town has on file about each property is accurate.
For more information, contact the assessor's office at 978-948-2021.
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The Board of Water Commissioners will hold a public presentation on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium regarding the proposed new water treatment plant for the town.
The department recently announced that the cost of the project will rise from $9 million to $12.3 million and residents will see an article to raise another $3.3 million on the town warrant. Wednesday night's meeting will explain the need for additional funding and explain the increased costs to residents to cover the additional borrowing.
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There will be a meeting of the Triton Regional School Committee on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.
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Work has begun to create trails in the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, a more than 200-acre conservation area at the end of Patmos Road off Route 1A. Thanks to the collaborative efforts between the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Essex County Greenbelt Association and the town of Rowley, the purchase of the property was recently finalized.
With permission from the Rowley Conservation Commission, a group worked to clear the first trail on the property last week and will continue their efforts on Friday. According to Bill Gette, director of Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport, the area will support one main trail and four other trails that all loop back to the main trail. Gette said the groups are hoping for an official opening of the area in early June.
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Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.