OWLS HEAD — A proposed moratorium to put a hold on airport projects for six months will go before residents at the Aug. 29 annual town meeting.

A group of citizens opposed to development at the airport submitted signatures of 119 people of which 114 were certified by the town. This is more than the 91 required to place the matter on the town meeting warrant.

The Select Board had voted unanimously not to place the matter on the warrant but the town ordinance allows residents to bypass the Select Board through a petition drive. The Select Board was uncertain if a public hearing was needed but if it does, the hearing would be held 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the town office.

Also at the Select Board meeting, the town accepted the resignation of longtime Code Enforcement Officer Scott Bickford who has served the town for 18 years. He told the Select Board at the July 18 meeting he would stay on for a short time to allow the town to find a successor.

Bickford said he also submitted his resignation as code enforcement officer in Cushing and expects to leave that post within 30 days.

The 75-year-old will remain as code officer for Rockport.

The Select Board also agreed to seek bids for the former Grange Hall property on Ash Point Drive.

Select Board Chair Gordon Page said the building is in such disrepair it needs to be demolished. There is little land on the property other than what the building sits on.

Board member Linda Post suggested the town contact abutting property owners to see if they would be interested in acquiring the property.

The Grange building was originally a school built sometime between 1828 and the 1850s. The building remained a school until 1943, according to a book by Ed Coffin. The historical society used the property and in the past few years turned the property over the town.

Scott Bickford pictured in 2011 when he was named Midcoast Code Enforcement Officer of the Year.