Clifton planning board members went right from trying to defend their actions on the Pisgah wind turbines in court on Wednesday morning to having a “new” Pisgah application on the table for them to review Wednesday evening. To his credit, Chairman Eric Johns led them to vote to wait until the judge’s decision comes down before starting to deal with Paul Fuller’s
latest application for a wind energy facility on his property.
There was no media at court or at the meeting to keep the Clifton citizens informed. As a matter of fact, I was the only attendee at the board meeting besides Fuller. While the Clifton residents and landowners are kept in the dark about what’s going on, town officials are inviting more legal bills and more court orders. The town attorney needs to tell the boards to place a moratorium on new wind energy facility applications until the land use ordinance can be fixed and until the planning board can get some training in procedures and record keeping.
This has cost the town tens of thousands of dollars, and it’s likely to have more legal bills in the future. Clifton residents need to go to meetings, call their selectboard members. They need to find out what is going on. We need to put a stop to the town funding Pisgah’s fight to get five turbines that only make money for the developer, increase all ratepayers’ electric bills and create a nuisance for residents of Rebel Hill and Springy Pond.
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