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Kingston Board of Health to focus on flicker study results

KINGSTON – When the Board of Health meets July 1, officials plan a wide-ranging discussion on the results of the shadow flicker study for the five wind turbines operating in Kingston.

That portion of the board’s next meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The results of the study commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center were released to town officials June 10.

Before that meeting, at 6 p.m., Board Chairman Joe Casna said board members intend to meet with several firms that have expressed interested in assessing the flicker results. He said five names have been submitted to the board, but some of these firms were not acceptable to the board.

“The board does not want to hire a firm with previous experience or connections to the turbines,” he said.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has offered to review the results of the study, but the Board of Health voted 4-1 in support of hiring an independent engineer to evaluate the results. The Board of Selectmen supports funding that position.

Following a vote on year-end transfers Tuesday night, Selectmen Chairman Elaine Fiore said $10,000 is available to pay the engineer if the town is ready to award a contract by June 30, the end of this fiscal year.

Casna said he’s skeptical the board can meet that deadline.

“We’re not going to get that information that quickly,” he said.

Before the discussion on the flicker study, the Board of Health will meet with Town Counsel Jay Talerman in executive session, Casna said.