Italy, N.Y. – After months of study and discussion, the Italy Town Board passed a resolution last week that will prohibit industrial wind turbines in all districts within the town. Italy has been dealing with the topic for nearly eight years.
A special meeting of the Italy Town Board was held on April 26. The resolution was adopted by a three to two roll call vote. Council members Tim Kinton and Malcolm MacKenzie voted against the resolution.
Supervisor Brad Jones says the town continues to fight the lawsuit filed by Ecogen last November after the Board rejected their application for an industrial-scale wind project.
He said a Motion for Dismissal was filed on April 21 and a hearing will be held on May 24 before Judge John Ark.
Jones said the previous town board did an good job. Ecogen offered incentives to the town and the board weighed the incentives and listened to the residents.
“In the end, said Jones, “They decided money and a snowplow just weren’t worth it, especially since the residents didn’t want wind turbines.
“This law gives us protection, Jones said. It will be tough for a wind turbine company to meet the standards. I thank everyone for their continued support in efforts to protect the health and welfare of our citizens, and to preserve the rural heritage and character of this beautiful region.” Jones said.
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