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Henderson wind turbine discussion postponed

Jerry Tackley, the board's chairman, said the advice that he had received from the town's attorney was that a long-form environmental assessment from the state Department of Environmental Conservation was necessary. The requirement stems from the town's law banning private wind turbines, passed in 2010.

HENDERSON - A decision from the town's Zoning Board of Appeals on whether to allow a private wind turbine in the town will be held up for another month as questions linger about what paperwork must be filed.

Sherret E. Chase, president of Chase Construction Management Inc. and contractor for the project, said Tuesday he had rescheduled a hearing on the matter from today to July 18.

The delay follows months of debate on the application to approve a variance for the 10-kilowatt wind turbine generator, which will be at 11375 Whitney Road, owned by Harvey K. and Susan L. Grimshaw. The property falls in the town's Agricultural District 3.

Mr. Chase said he asked for the postponement in part because the board had not responded to a letter sent by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets asking the board to clarify the safety and health issues it had with the turbine.

"We'll delay it until they do file that letter," Mr. Chase said.

In addition to the state's letter, the two parties disagree on the type of paperwork necessary to continue with the project.

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HENDERSON - A decision from the town's Zoning Board of Appeals on whether to allow a private wind turbine in the town will be held up for another month as questions linger about what paperwork must be filed.

Sherret E. Chase, president of Chase Construction Management Inc. and contractor for the project, said Tuesday he had rescheduled a hearing on the matter from today to July 18.

The delay follows months of debate on the application to approve a variance for the 10-kilowatt wind turbine generator, which will be at 11375 Whitney Road, owned by Harvey K. and Susan L. Grimshaw. The property falls in the town's Agricultural District 3.

Mr. Chase said he asked for the postponement in part because the board had not responded to a letter sent by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets asking the board to clarify the safety and health issues it had with the turbine.

"We'll delay it until they do file that letter," Mr. Chase said.

In addition to the state's letter, the two parties disagree on the type of paperwork necessary to continue with the project.

Jerry Tackley, the board's chairman, said the advice that he had received from the town's attorney was that a long-form environmental assessment from the state Department of Environmental Conservation was necessary. The requirement stems from the town's law banning private wind turbines, passed in 2010.

"It's pretty much a cut and dry case," Mr. Tackley said.

Mr. Chase disagrees, saying all that the project needs is a determination of nonsignificance from DEC. He said the request to put together such paperwork would add unnecessary costs to the project, an assertion Mr. Tackley disagreed with.

"It's the simple filing of a form, not a large expense," Mr. Tackley said. He also pointed out such an assessment would be necessary if Mr. Chase or the Grimshaws were to look for state or federal grant funding for the project.

Mr. Chase criticized the town's law, calling it a violation of the state's constitution. He called on the town's leadership to "behave like adults" and avoid an "ill-advised" court case.

Mr. Tackley said if the long-form assessment were filed, the board could proceed with a vote on the project.

Mr. Tackley said that the board's decision making was not a reflection of his personal feelings about the Grimshaws, whom he called "tremendous people."

"All we're asking is for them to do it the proper way," he said.


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JUN 20 2012
https://www.windaction.org/posts/34124-henderson-wind-turbine-discussion-postponed
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