Council to discuss wind law amendment once more in August

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ORLEANS — Supervisor Kevin C. Rarick hopes the Town Council’s proposed wind law amendment will be ready for county review, the next step in its potential adoption, by the end of the board’s August meeting.

Mr. Rarick previously told the Times the amendment, named Amendment Four, was sent to the Jefferson County Planning Board following the town board’s June 8 meeting; but he said he misspoke at the time and board members were still discussing its provisions and language. One aspect board members were still trying to agree on was the scale to which wind energy developers would need to configure each map and survey for the town board.

The town board met again July 13 and Mr. Rarick said his fellow councilmen were ready to present Amendment Four to the county Planning Board, but he wanted to review it once more for any possible redundancies and conflicting statements.

The town board will meet again at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Fishers Landing Fire Department, 42038 County Road 195.

“Just trying to make sure everything is what it needs to be,” Mr. Rarick said. “Let’s try to get it right the first time. I don’t want to waste the county’s time.”

Councilmen have been discussing and reworking potential revisions to the town’s wind law since April 2016 when they passed the moratorium on wind energy facility applications. The moratorium expired in December.

People who attended town board meetings previously expressed concerns about the potential geological, noise and water quality impacts wind energy development could have on the town, feedback that helped shape Amendment Four. The amendment, if adopted, would repeal several sections of the wind law and expand its entries for definitions, noise regulations, complaint processes and studies.

“A lot of people put a lot of thought into this document,” Mr. Rarick said.

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