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Wind ordinance

BETHEL – Selectmen decided against placing a proposal for a commercial wind ordinance on the town meeting warrant for this year. The Planning Board has been crafting such a document, but the selectmen agreed to ask planners to study the wind ordinance recently approved in Woodstock for comparison.
Jordan said he did not think Greenwood’s current draft is nearly as strict as Woodstock’s regarding the setback (one mile) to abutting properties.
“I’m wondering if ours is as strict as it should be,” he said.
Sparks said the Planning Board “wasn’t trying to prevent [turbines] from going up. They just want to get some regulations around commercial ones, that with the possibility of them going up, there’d be some regulation.”
Chapman said, “I hope people wouldn’t just go for [the current Greenwood proposal] assuming that the Planning Board thinks this is all we need, and then be unhappy because it doesn’t prevent something.”
Sparks said later a proposal would be brought to a future town meeting.
Other actions
Other actions taken at Tuesday’s meeting included: denying a request to build a canoe rack on a pond out of concern about liability and vandalism; approving a name change for Duguay Lane to Rocky Lane; supporting a resolution opposing Gov. Paul LePage’s budget (which would reduce revenue sharing and other funds to towns); scheduling a public hearing on the proposed municipal budget for April 23 (to coincide with the building hearing); and dedicating the annual town report to Wayne and Anita Hakala.