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In straw poll, residents favor windmills, 56-25

FREEDOM (June 9): Freedom residents said yes to windmills, 56-25 (with 12 abstentions) in at a special town meeting Wednesday, June 7.

The vote is an opinion poll with no legal authority. Combined with the 209 signatures on a pro-windmill petition circulated by Freedom resident Read Brugger, the vote indicates a majority of residents support the proposal to place three 400-foot-tall wind turbines on Beaver Ridge property owned by Ron Price.

Competitive Energy Systems, the company that would own and operate the windmills on land leased from Price, stated it would not undertake a wind power project in a town where it was not wanted. CES has also allowed time for the Freedom Planning Board to draft land use ordinances that would regulate every industrial and commercial proposal that comes to the town.

Town Clerk Cynthia Abbot said the meeting was attended by more people than any special town meeting since she became clerk five years ago. Most of them were very interested in the windmill vote, she said.

A half-hour discussion preceded the vote, with those for and against the project stating their views.

Read Brugger, whose land is located near the proposed windmill site, circulated the petition in favor of the project. Brugger discussed how the increased property evaluation would reduce the overall mill rate and allow the town to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The vote is an opinion poll with no legal authority. Combined with the 209 signatures on a pro-windmill petition circulated by Freedom resident Read Brugger, the vote indicates a majority of residents support the proposal to place three 400-foot-tall wind turbines on Beaver Ridge property owned by Ron Price.

Competitive Energy Systems, the company that would own and operate the windmills on land leased from Price, stated it would not undertake a wind power project in a town where it was not wanted. CES has also allowed time for the Freedom Planning Board to draft land use ordinances that would regulate every industrial and commercial proposal that comes to the town.

Town Clerk Cynthia Abbot said the meeting was attended by more people than any special town meeting since she became clerk five years ago. Most of them were very interested in the windmill vote, she said.

A half-hour discussion preceded the vote, with those for and against the project stating their views.

Read Brugger, whose land is located near the proposed windmill site, circulated the petition in favor of the project. Brugger discussed how the increased property evaluation would reduce the overall mill rate and allow the town to squirrel away about $200,000 for capital projects.

CES sent recently sent a letter to the town stating that it was not looking for tax breaks.

Brugger said some townspeople believed the vote was premature because the town has not finished drafting a land use ordinance related to the project. They were advised to abstain.

“There were definitely two sides to the wind power issue represented,” said Planning Board member Bill Pickford.

The wind power proposal and an application to withdraw water for commercial purposes have spurred the board to get broad public participation in land use regulation as it drafts town ordinances to cover all industrial and commercial projects.

The ordinances are expected to come before the townspeople for a vote at another special town meeting July 24.



Source: http://waldo.villagesoup.co...

JUN 9 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2983-in-straw-poll-residents-favor-windmills-56-25
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