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Border town cool to wind project: Fears of noise, visual pollution

Holland, Vermont, which is adjacent to the town of Derby, and a stone’s throw from Derby Line, Vermont (and Stanstead, Quebec), has been anything but warm to the idea of having two giant wind turbines overlooking its territory.

Like Derby and the smaller village of Derby Line, Holland is situated on the Canadian border, to the east of those two municipalities. According to the last census, the town, which has no villages of any significance, has a population of just over 600.

Mitch Wonson is the volunteer chair of the Holland town planning commission, and has been present at most of the public hearings on the controversial wind turbine project being proposed by promoter Encore Redevelopment since those hearings began last summer. Wonson has addressed the issue at meetings in Derby Line and, more recently, Derby. It is in Derby, which encompasses the smaller incorporated village of Derby Line, where the zoning decisions are made.

Delegated by the Holland select board (council) to represent that town, Wonson has been far from enthusiastic about the possibility of two, or maybe three, 130-metre (425-foot) turbines so close to the Holland town line.

Please see Thursday’s Record for the complete story.