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Something is off about answers from officials  

The financial interest of some 35 registered lease-holders should not out weigh the health, wellbeing and wishes of the majority. One can expect a multibillion-dollar corporation such as Avangrid to operate in a manner that puts shareholders profits above all else -- we expect our town board and councilmen to be above reproach and abide by the wishes of the majority.

Credit:  Opinion: Something is off about answers from officials, says Hopkinton resident | North Country Now | October 26, 2017 | northcountrynow.com ~~

I urge the voters in the Town of Hopkinton to take time to get to know the candidates for Town Council and where they stand on the placement of 40 – 500 foot tall industrial wind turbines.

After attending the town board meeting Oct. 16 I have some real concerns about who is running our town and the motivation behind the two incumbents Greg Crump and Gilbert Sochia.

When asked their opinion on several key issues facing the town both men declined to comment only saying that they are gathering information on a door to door basis and would let voters know there position – apparently after the election since there are no meetings/events scheduled.

Until recently both men were prohibited from involvement with the proposed turbine project because family members have signed leases and will benefit financial, however the board chose to change the ethics law to allow Mr. Crump to vote.

As a result of a recent FOIL request it was discovered that representatives from Avangrid have been privately contacting individual board members apparently to circumvent the town supervisor and other board members as well as the public. Why? To what ends?

Please visit the link at the end of this letter of the meeting Oct. 16 and decide for yourself if something seems off about the responses offered. I think it is very telling when a Board member recites the exact specifications for set backs and sound levels the Wind Company has requested even after the wind advisory committee and a majority of residents feel they do not provide the needed protection for community members.

The financial interest of some 35 registered lease-holders should not out weigh the health, wellbeing and wishes of the majority. One can expect a multibillion-dollar corporation such as Avangrid to operate in a manner that puts shareholders profits above all else – we expect our town board and councilmen to be above reproach and abide by the wishes of the majority.

A vote for Kelly Pullano and Janice Pease is the first step in returning the people’s voice to our local government. Both challengers have educated themselves on the issues of improperly cited industrial wind turbines and are solely motivated by there desire to protect our community.

To watch council members answer questions about the wind farm, visit https://www.youtube.com/embed//HKfSVaXauFM.

Jeffrey Snell

Hopkinton

Source:  Opinion: Something is off about answers from officials, says Hopkinton resident | North Country Now | October 26, 2017 | northcountrynow.com

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