A new local law on wind energy conversion systems was approved Monday by the Hanover Town Board.
The wind energy legislation will govern equipment, location and the process for obtaining necessary permits for wind towers.
Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said there is no application currently on file and that any company wishing to establish a wind farm would be required to conduct an environmental study and apply for all the necessary permits.
Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio previously announced that a company is considering wind collection farms in Villenova and Hanover. She said the majority of the project appears to be in the Town of Villenova but that part of it may be near Route 39 on the town’s edge.
A public hearing on the energy conversion laws was held in June. After minor revisions, the final document was made available at Monday’s meeting. All board members voted in favor of the legislation. Councilman Wayne Ashley was absent.
In other news, at the invitation of the supervisor, Silver Creek Fire Chief Todd Johnson addressed concerns about buildings and construction in the Hanford Bay area. Johnson said he was not aware of any safety concerns about buildings in that area. The Silver Creek Fire Department is contracted to cover Hanford Bay, which is located outside the Silver Creek Village limits.
Johnson said department members are trained to evaluate situations in the bay areas and have developed alternative access routes into the two communities.
By Susan Chiappone
29 July 2008
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