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Meredith passes one-year wind ban

Town boards in Meredith and Bovina in Delaware County dealt with moratoriums on the installation of wind turbines at their meetings Tuesday.

The Meredith Town Board adopted a moratorium on "wind-energy facilities," and the Bovina Town Board set a public hearing for comments on a proposed moratorium on installing wind turbines, officials said Wednesday.

Meredith Supervisor Frank Bachler said 60 to 70 people attended a public hearing to discuss the proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2006 — Temporary Moratorium on Building, Assembly and Installation of Commercially-operated Wind Energy Facilities.

Bachler said the local law was adopted unanimously by councilmen during the regularly scheduled meeting, which followed the public hearing.

According to the law, the purpose of the moratorium is to "fulfill the town’s constitutional, statutory and legal obligations to protect the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the town of Meredith" and "to protect the value, use and enjoyment of property in the town and to allow the town board sufficient time to thoroughly study the issues involved in siting commercially-operated wind-energy facilities."

Bachler said there were one or two questions about why the moratorium law wasn’t more specific and why it wasn’t for a longer period of time.

Bachler said the law was put together by the Delaware... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Meredith Town Board adopted a moratorium on "wind-energy facilities," and the Bovina Town Board set a public hearing for comments on a proposed moratorium on installing wind turbines, officials said Wednesday.
 
Meredith Supervisor Frank Bachler said 60 to 70 people attended a public hearing to discuss the proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2006 — Temporary Moratorium on Building, Assembly and Installation of Commercially-operated Wind Energy Facilities.
 
Bachler said the local law was adopted unanimously by councilmen during the regularly scheduled meeting, which followed the public hearing.
 
According to the law, the purpose of the moratorium is to "fulfill the town’s constitutional, statutory and legal obligations to protect the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the town of Meredith" and "to protect the value, use and enjoyment of property in the town and to allow the town board sufficient time to thoroughly study the issues involved in siting commercially-operated wind-energy facilities."
 
Bachler said there were one or two questions about why the moratorium law wasn’t more specific and why it wasn’t for a longer period of time.
 
Bachler said the law was put together by the Delaware County Planning Department and was reviewed by the town attorney.
 
"The attorney said that a one-year moratorium is about the limit because developers are entitled to due process," he said.
 
Bovina Supervisor Tina Mole said 75 to 100 people attended the Bovina Town Board meeting after two letters were sent to town residents by private individuals and groups.
 
"Last month, Patty Cullen, a Bovina resident, came to the town board meeting and asked us to put a moratorium on wind turbines," Mole said. "We looked into it, but in the meantime, a citizens’ group formed and sent out a letter and then a Westchester attorney who owns property in Bovina sent out a five-page letter.
 
"This has turned into quite an issue," Mole added. "There is false information circulating that the members of the town board have been approached by the wind companies."
 
Mole said she polled each town board member.
 
"I have not been approached by anyone, and neither have any of the town board members," Mole said.
 
Mole said she didn’t allow any debate about wind turbines at Tuesday’s meeting, but the town board has scheduled a public hearing on a local law setting a six-month moratorium on wind turbine installation.
 
The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. March 31 to allow people to voice opinions. The next regularly scheduled Bovina Town Board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. April 11.
 
Mole said Bovina has a comprehensive plan and zoning, but the proposed moratorium will give the town and planning boards time to learn about wind turbines.


Source: http://www.thedailystar.com...

MAR 16 2006
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