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Cape Vincent’s town board, WPEG apply for 99% of intervenor funds

The town government hopes to hire several experts – three in conjunction with the Wind Power Ethics Group – to review and critique BP’s Cape Vincent Wind Project proposal with intervenor funding made available under Article X.

Of the $99,750 the wind developer was required to provide under state law, Cape Vincent’s town board and WPEG together applied for $98,840. This is 99 percent of intervenor funds made available for five municipalities – village and town of Cape Vincent, town of Lyme, village of Chaumont and Jefferson County – and local entities, such as the Development Authority of the North Country, which has applied for $10,000.

Of the intervenor funds, 50 percent already is reserved for municipalities.

The Cape Vincent town government alone applied for:

n$20,810 to hire Kris D. Dimmick, an engineer and vice president of operations at Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, who would “review and critique” BP’s preliminary scoping statement for its proposed project, among other tasks.

n$18,550 to hire Carl V. Phillips, director of the Populi Health Institute, Wayne, Pa., to develop a detailed list of health issues to address along with a recommended approach and methodology for BP to follow in its studies of adverse health impacts.

n$11,320 to pay for the services of Paul J. Curtin Jr., an attorney with Shulman, Curtin & Grunder, Syracuse, who has been representing the town in its dealings with the wind developer.

Jointly, the town of Cape Vincent and WPEG asked for:

• $21,350 to hire acoustical engineer Paul D. Schomer, Schomer & Associates Inc., Champaign, Ill.

• $20,250 to hire Michael S. McCann, a real estate appraiser in Illinois, to assist the group with land use and property value issues.

• $6,560 to hire ornithologist William R. Evans, director of the nonprofit Old Bird Inc., Ithaca, for his knowledge of wildlife and avian impacts at commercial wind farms.

Another direct stakeholder in the wind project, the town of Lyme, requested $11,000 in intervenor funds to pay for legal services and get technical advice from the town’s attorney Mark G. Gebo, with Hrabchak, Gebo & Langone, and Mr. Dimmick of Bernier, Carr & Associates.

None of the proposed wind farm’s 124 turbines will be placed in Lyme, but BP plans to run a 6- to 7-mile transmission line connecting its wind facility to a substation in the town.

Additionally, Lyme Central School District applied for $15,000 to have Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, an East Syracuse law firm, assist it through the Article X proceedings.

Jefferson County’s Farm Bureau also applied for $17,000 to hire Daniel L. Shawhan, an electricity policyresearcher and assistant professor with the Department of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for his insight on health, environmental and pocketbookimpacts of electricity generation facilities.

A preapplication conference to consider intervenor funding requests will be held at 7 p.m. May 21 in Cape Vincent Elementary School’s auditorium, 410 S. Esselstyne St.