GRAFTON – The potential for Windham County’s first commercial wind turbines likely played a key role in giving the town’s Selectboard a major facelift at Tuesday’s election.
Sam Battaglino unseated Al Sands by a 111-86 margin and will assume a two-year position on the board. Skip Lisle bested Gus Plummer, 109-94, for a three-year spot.
Battaglino and Lisle are staunch opponents of the development of wind turbines and previously told the Reformer they were running for Selectboard seats due to what they perceived as bias and arrogance on the Selectboard.
“We have a board that claims to be neutral (with respects to the wind project), but they certainly appear otherwise,” Lisle said last week.
Iberdrola Renewables, operating as Atlantic Wind LLC, is one of the world’s largest energy companies and received permits to erect three test towers – two in Windham and one in Grafton – on land owned by New Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands Limited. The towers, depending on the weather data they produce, could be a precursor for commercial wind turbines. The one in Grafton was installed in April 2013.
Lisle told the Reformer it is great to be able to participate in the “small-town democratic process.”
“I’m happy to have won. I had some policy disagreements with Gus … but I have nothing but respect for the work he’s done for the town. I appreciate it very much,” he said Tuesday night.
In other business:
— Voters approved a $7,185,174 budget for Union High School District No. 27 by a 146-58 margin. They also approved a $2,801,876 budget for River Valley Technical Center.
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