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Wind turbine meeting postponed

The Allegany County commissioners have postponed Thursday's public work session discussion that was to focus on the proposed restrictions to industrial wind farms. The public meeting is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the County Office Complex. The commissioners, acting County Administrator David Eberly and County Attorney Bill Rudd are to analyze a number of points made by US Wind Force President Tom Matthews.

CUMBERLAND - The Allegany County commissioners have postponed Thursday's public work session discussion that was to focus on the proposed restrictions to industrial wind farms.

The public meeting is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the County Office Complex. The commissioners, acting County Administrator David Eberly and County Attorney Bill Rudd are to analyze a number of points made by US Wind Force President Tom Matthews.

Matthews said during a public meeting last week that Code Home Rule Bill 2-09 would eliminate any commercial wind turbine facility from being a viable project in Allegany County. He also said the proposed amendments would "kill" any chance of his plans to construct 25 turbines atop Dan's Mountain.

Commissioner Dale Lewis said Wednesday afternoon that county engineers are still surveying the land to see how many turbines might be in the area comprised by the LaVale Region Comprehensive Plan, which the commissioners approved in May 2008 after nearly two years of discussion. If the number is more than zero, Lewis said, "that's a no-no."

"There's a question whether the windmills would be in the LaVale (planning) area or be outside that," Lewis said. "That's what we're... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

CUMBERLAND - The Allegany County commissioners have postponed Thursday's public work session discussion that was to focus on the proposed restrictions to industrial wind farms.

The public meeting is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the County Office Complex. The commissioners, acting County Administrator David Eberly and County Attorney Bill Rudd are to analyze a number of points made by US Wind Force President Tom Matthews.

Matthews said during a public meeting last week that Code Home Rule Bill 2-09 would eliminate any commercial wind turbine facility from being a viable project in Allegany County. He also said the proposed amendments would "kill" any chance of his plans to construct 25 turbines atop Dan's Mountain.

Commissioner Dale Lewis said Wednesday afternoon that county engineers are still surveying the land to see how many turbines might be in the area comprised by the LaVale Region Comprehensive Plan, which the commissioners approved in May 2008 after nearly two years of discussion. If the number is more than zero, Lewis said, "that's a no-no."

"There's a question whether the windmills would be in the LaVale (planning) area or be outside that," Lewis said. "That's what we're waiting for. It's possible there could be six (in that area). They cannot be allowed there. That's what the (plan) says."

Lewis said one or more turbines in the LaVale planning area could be approved only by special exception.

Commissioner Jim Stakem has appeared to support at least one of the concerns brought forward by Matthews. Stakem said a 3-mile protection area from local residents' wells seems a little too expansive. Stakem has not publicly endorsed an alternative distance.

Lewis said more information needs to be known about what, if any, impact blasting atop Dan's Mountain would have on local water systems and how deep the blasting would need to be. In Somerset County, Pa., Lewis said officials there told him a wind turbine is set on a concrete base "about 35 feet deep."

"I don't know if they have to blast further than that," Lewis said. I'll rely on our engineering staff to try to come up with an answer I'm comfortable with. When we meet on Tuesday, I'll be asking those questions (and) hopefully get some answers."

Stakem has said the work session is open to the public but those in attendance, other than whom the commissioners identify, cannot speak on the issue.


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MAY 14 2009
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