In reference to the Oct. 17 article “Board to pick wind panel” I’m confused. The Lenox Mountain proposal is to launch another divisive controversy, borrow $5.3 million, rip up the mountain and take on the operating and financial risks for 20 years in order to earn projected annual net benefits (according to the town’s $90,000 study) ranging from $63,000 in year one to a high of $268,000 in year 20 (that’s 2032, folks), or to let a private developer do what developers do to make a profit, which will net the town $116,000 in year one edging up to a non-inflation-adjusted $203,000 in year 20 (payable in postage stamps?)
Isn’t this the same mountain that the townsfolk turned down a million dollars for a year or so ago, from the State Department of Conservation, on the grounds of losing control and risking despoliation?
My question is: where did they find three people in favor of this?
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