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Louisville enacts wind turbine regulations law  

Credit:  By BENNY FAIRCHILD, Daily Courier-Observer, www.mpcourier.com 16 March 2012 ~~

LOUISVILLE – Following a public hearing attended by no members of the public, the town of Louisville voted unanimously to enact regulations that would prohibit wind turbines from appearing along the town’s waterfront.

“This is something that has been in the making for a long time, probably for four or five years,” said Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault.

Newly elected town board member Roy A. “Slim” Beshaw worked on the law as a member of the town’s planning board.

“I read it and it seems all in order,” Mr. Beshaw said.

Ultimately though, Mr. Legault said, he’s not sure how much impact the law will actually have.

“If any commercial development came to Louisville, the state would handle that anyway,” he said.

At previous meetings where the law was discussed, Mr. Legault said enacting the law was simply a matter of finishing something they started several years ago in an attempt to take a proactive approach on the issue.

According to Mr. Legault no commercial developers have approached residents of the town, but they began the process to have a law in place just in case.

Town Councilman Daniel O’Keefe had previously said it’s his understanding the town doesn’t offer what developers would be looking for.

“We’re not in the right area to support that large of a commercial scale wind farm,” he said at a previous meeting.

Source:  By BENNY FAIRCHILD, Daily Courier-Observer, www.mpcourier.com 16 March 2012

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