A small group of Unity residents took care of several loose ends at a special town meeting June 25, adopting a moratorium on commercial wind energy development and funding the social service agency Waldo Community Action Partners.

Both issues came up at the annual town meeting in March, but were ruled out for different reasons. Residents felt the moratorium, with its 35-foot height restriction on wind turbines, would have stanched the entrepreneurial spirit of home and farm owners hoping to erect a turbine for personal use, when the moratorium appeared to be aimed at larger, industrial-scale turbines like those in neighboring Freedom.

The revised version of the moratorium, which would cover commercial turbines only, was approved easily by a voice vote of the roughly 30 residents in attendance.

The moratorium, according to town Selectwoman Maggie Wilcox, is intended to give the town time to draft a wind energy-specific ordinance. Wilcox said the moratorium could be renewed if necessary without calling another town meeting.

Also at the meeting, residents considered a citizen’s initiative to fund Waldo Community Action Partners for the full amount of the social service agency’s request, $10,700.

WaldoCAP was one of a handful of outside organizations that, because of a cost-saving decision by the town’s budget committee, did not appear on the town meeting warrant. As a procedural point, items not appearing on the warrant cannot be funded. An impassioned plea by WaldoCAP Transportation Director Ed Murphy and apparent interest from residents in funding the organization, therefore, had no bearing on issue.

The citizen’s initiative was well received at the special town meeting, with Murphy again speaking and several residents offering anecdotal evidence of WaldoCAP’s work in Unity. WaldoCAP’s requests from municipalities follow a strict formula based upon a percentage — two to three percent — of the value of services provided in the town in the previous year. Those funds serve as seed money for federal and state matching grants.

Murphy said WaldoCAP is facing an $184,000 loss in revenues in the coming year.

“Frankly this $10,000 is more important than I’ve ever seen it be,” he said.

The request passed with a nearly unanimous “yes” vote, and one strongly-voiced “no” from Selectman James Kenney.