CANTON – A representative from the developer of the $50 million Canton Mountain Wind power project drew the ire of one selectman Thursday night when she said the Massachusetts company would donate half the amount requested to rebuild the snack shack at the baseball field.
The town had requested $15,000, but Rebecca Howard, assistant director of government and community relations, said the company did not receive the town’s initial letter for the request.
In an email sent later to Budget Committee member Faith Campbell, Howard said the company would donate $7,500, and the town should cover the rest from the $32,000 community development fund Patriot Renewables gave the town.
“We felt your company got what they wanted and now they’re leaving,” Selectman Don Hutchins said. “It felt that way; you’ve got your windmills up now you’re gonna go like hell and get your electricity and now the hell with Canton.”
Howard apologized to the board for the miscommunication and said her company would honor the $7,500.
“We want to talk about other ways we could make the other $7,500 happen,” she said.
“Our options could be somehow we could split (the money) out of whatever donations we could be giving next year and just count that as a donation that you wouldn’t receive from us next year instead,” Howard said.
Howard said she would speak with Patriot Renewables officials and notify selectmen of the decision at a later date.
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