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Troy puts moratorium on wind turbines

At its board meeting Thursday, Feb. 10, the town of Troy passed a resolution putting a temporary moratorium in place for the development of wind-energy turbines in and around the town.

A four-man committee was organized by town chair Ray Knapp to look into the “what and how” of possible turbine energy generators and to make an ordinance for the town regarding the building, regulation and usage of possible turbines in the future.

Currently, there is talk at the state capital that the new administration is looking to make strict regulations and standards regarding wind turbine usage, visibility and setbacks. According to Knapp, in a situation such as this, the town may not be “more strict” with its regulations than the state.

Since the state has yet to fully develop a plan, it was suggested that the town issue a moratorium on the building of wind turbines, even though there is currently no plan to build any. The board hopes to keep prospectors and developers from looking into the possibility of constructing turbines until the town can get a hard ordinance on the books. This move was also suggested by the Wisconsin Towns Association.

The moratorium unanimously passed, and is effective until Sept. 26.

“This temporary stay in wind permits will give us time to come up with something right for the town,” said Knapp.

In addition to the moratorium, Knapp also reported that under the current project timeline, the committee would like to draft a possible town ordinance by the regularly scheduled July board meeting, and also compile a list of possible sites for developers to inspect.

Park board

Park Board Chair Jill Berke presented the monthly parks report to the board and said there may be a delay in equipment installation at the cove boat ramp this spring due to excessive snow at the shoreline. The current plan is to work with Windmill Marina to install the dock and gangway in a timely manner after the winter to minimize possible damage due to possible heavy spring flooding.

The Park Board has also come to an agreement with both Hudson and River Falls youth representatives for the local youth ball league to use the town’s ball fields.

“We look forward to another busy season with both the north and south ball fields,” said Berke.