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Anti-wind group accuses Clayton town board of canceling meetings because of video cameras

CLAYTON – A relatively new anti-wind organization is accusing the Town Council of canceling two scheduled meetings because the group started hiring Steve Weed Productions, Watertown, to videotape these open sessions.

However, Town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said that this is far from the truth and that the April 24 and May 22 council workshop meetings were canceled simply because of a lack of agenda items.

“This is the second meeting that was canceled because of Steve Weed,” said Cindy L. Grant, a member of Concerned Citizens for Open and Transparent Government. “I don’t think Justin Taylor likes the cameras.”

She said the group consists of local and seasonal residents of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville, Lyme and Cape Vincent who do not want to live near a wind farm and have their “skyline view disturbed by ugly wind turbines.”

So far, she said, members have raised more than $1,000 to have the Clayton town board meetings videotaped and posted online.

Mrs. Grant has been suggesting that Mr. Taylor is secretly working for wind developer Iberdrola Renewables to help the company with its Horse Creek Wind Farm proposal.

“He’s done everything he could to promote this project,” she said.

Earlier this month, however, Clayton council members defended Mr. Taylor, arguing that a few people in the community have been spreading “disinformation” and that the town supervisor is “doing nothing underhanded” – especially not on their watch.

“I don’t mind having Steve Weed at our meetings at all, because in Clayton, we run an open and transparent government,” Mr. Taylor said Wednesday. “We have canceled workshop meetings in the past because of a lack of agenda items. This is very typical in Clayton.”