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Manheim to reach out to county for information on wind project  

With the status of the proposed wind energy project in the town of Manheim uncertain, Town Supervisor John Haughton Tuesday said he would reach out to Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Raymond Smith to see if the county has information that could supply answers.

“It is my understanding that the developers involved, BP and Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA, are looking over all of the available information and that a decision could be made as what will happen to the project in late spring or early summer,” Haughton said.

The Manheim project has been rumored to be defunct, as BP is said to have backed out. To that end, Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA, the developer of the proposed town of Fairfield wind project, is said to have expressed interest in developing a portion of the Manheim project.

“The county may have received different or additional information, so it makes sense to reach out to them,” Haughton said.

As for the Manheim project, the town supervisor said it is understanding that if Iberdrola decides to purchase the rights to it, the project will only include 10 to 15 windmills. “There are no definite answers yet,” Haughton said. “We have to wait until late spring or early summer.”

In other business Tuesday:

Councilmen Larry Austin and Peter Jaikin will join Haughton on an audit committee for the town’s justice court. The committee will perform quarterly audits, as required by New York State law, and will examine the disposition of moneys by the court.

Councilmen Fred Doerrer and Kevin Snell will join Haughton on a highway department committee. The committee was established to help the council get more of an understanding as to what the department is working on and how the garage is run. The committee will meet monthly.

Haughton said he would speak to Town Attorney Gerard Snyder in regards to paying the law firm of Rossi and Murnane $1,500 for their assistance in handling the Herkimer County Self-Insured Workers Compensation Plan. The firm is representing the municipalities that are yet to buyout of the now defunct plan, and the $1,500 represents their annual bill. Councilman Jaikin raised the question that if they town continues to pay the amount owed, there may not be a need to pay Rossi and Murnane for their services. Haughton said he would contact Snyder and would take a course of action along his recommendation. As for the tail payment, the council approved making an annual payment of $21,545.

The town approved its 2008 contract with the Herkimer County Humane Society for sheltering services. The contract is similar to last year’s.

The annual reports from the town clerk, town justices and codes enforcement officer were accepted.

By Rob Juteau
Evening Times Staff Writer

The Evening Times

10 January 2008

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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