LARAMIE – Rock River, Laramie and Albany County are requesting more than twice as much funding than municipalities in Carbon County from the Industrial Siting Council to prepare for the construction of a wind turbine facility that would affect both counties.
Albany County Commission Chairman Tim Chesnut said he met with the council recently to present how the entities in the two counties determined how the funds should be divided. The largest portion of funds would go to Albany County entities because the proposed wind turbine facility would be located 10 miles north of Rock River and 15 miles east of Medicine Bow, he said.
“The Boswell Springs project is coming in and the affected municipalities have to put up a claim to what their impact is going to be on their county,” Chesnut said. “The project has to set aside a certain amount of money to go toward (preparing for the increase of people).”
According to information provided by the Albany County Clerk’s Office, the funds would provide support for an increase in government services such as roads, public safety and infrastructure expected with the influx of people. The closest town to the project, Rock River, requested more than $3 million in impact funds to provide additional road, water, sewage and fire services, county clerk information states.
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