FRANKLIN — Voters here were evenly split Tuesday on whether to allow the Planning Board to develop a noise ordinance to be considered at the town’s annual meeting in March.
Two hundred forty-one voters approved the development of such an ordinance and 241 rejected it.
Town Clerk Deborah Lurvey said a recount has been conducted and that per Maine Municipal Association guidelines, a tie vote means that the measure does not pass.
The question to allow the development of a noise ordinance made its way to the ballot via a citizens’ initiative petition and was prompted by an application from TC Gravel, LLC, for a special exception permit for the development of a rock quarry on the South Bay Road.
The development of a noise ordinance would not have affected the application for the quarry but would have applied to future projects.