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Wind can wait 6 more months: Public opinion to be sought, new green power law to be checked  

Wind development may be hovering around Hornellsville, but it will have to wait a bit longer before landing.

The Hornellsville town board extended its moratorium for six more months at its meeting Tuesday night, citing a need for further study of the issue. Supervisor Ken Isaman said the town is still working on its wind law, and also is interested to find out about a new state law that could be in effect for green power.

“It may actually give more income to municipalities,” he said. “The law that was passed talks about the rest of green power, but not about windmills.”

Isaman said the law appears to be a modified type of economic development zone, and it is something he believes the state Legislature will be working on during the early part of 2007.

“It may be a modified economic development pay scale, which may eliminate the PILOT,” he said. “With a modified EDZ, the town would get its full taxes, so would the school, but I’m not sure how it will work.”

The town is sending out a survey to residents, which Isaman expects to have sent out by the end of the week, regarding wind power. He said the survey will be about seven or eight questions, dealing with residents’ impressions of wind power and whether they want it in Hornellsville. Isaman said results of the survey would be taken into consideration when the board makes decisions.

“It’s certainly going to enter into our decision and our windmill law,” he said. “I think we need to know how the general public feels about wind power in Hornellsville.

“There hasn’t been a lot of public comment,” Isaman added. “We’d like to see what the residents’ sentiments are.”

By Rob Montana, Staff Writer

eveningtribune.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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