A development to build eight wind turbines in the town of Glenmore has the green light despite strong local opposition.
The Town Board voted this week to allow Cenergy, a subsidiary of CG Power Solutions, to build the turbines. That reverses a decision last week to delay a decision for two months.
Town Chairman Don Kittell and Supervisor Kriss Schmidt voted on Wednesday in favor of the turbines while Supervisor Ron Nowak opposed it.
Last week, the Town Board approved the permits but then closed the meeting after many of the more than 100 residents at the meeting voiced strong opposition to the decision. The board reconvened the meeting later that day and eventually voted to delay a decision on the permit for 60 days.
Cenergy officials claimed that reconvening the meeting on March 7 was illegal. But wind turbine opponents argued that the permits could be delayed based on an emergency reference by a state legislative committee.
A state legislative committee recently suspended the proposed wind siting rules that had been approved by the Public Safety Commission, arguing there was enough evidence to suggest that turbines could threaten public health and safety.
At Wednesday’s meeting, town attorney Robert Gagan said questions surfaced about the legality of all action taken at the reconvened meeting earlier this month. So the board voted that day to rescind all votes of the reconvened meeting, leaving the original vote to approve the permits.
The board then voted not to change the original votes, with Nowak again dissenting.
Many town residents wanted the board to delay a decision on the wind turbines until more information was available on their potential health and safety risk.
Glenmore already has seven wind turbines as part of the Shirley Wind Project completed last year.
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