FREEDOM – The town’s Board of Appeals has rejected plans to erect three electricity generating wind turbines on Beaver Ridge.
After four weeks of hearings, the board late Thursday found Portland-based Competitive Energy Service’s turbines would not meet town standards for noise, said Addison Chase, chairman of the appeals board. The board also ruled that CES must post bonding for future demolition of the turbines.
The planning Board approved CES’s application in December. Planning board members agreed with a study that determined the turbines would not exceed the 45 decibel limit set in the ordinance.
The vote was 3 to 0. Francis Walker abstained from the vote. Appeals board members determined that the study had been based on faulty ambient, or background, noise levels, Chase said.
The planning board had required CES to post a bond for the construction phase, but Chase said the ordinance clearly requires the company to bond for future demolition as well.
CES can appeal Thursday’s decision to Waldo County Superior Court or start the process over again with the Planning Board.
By Morning Sentinel Staff Report
9 March 2007
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