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March 16, 2009

Lawsuits, Altona accident end wind power in Beekmantown


"We all blessed 'em (Windhorse), and we all sent them to Rand Hill," he said.

Relation disagreed, saying he just followed the policy of subjecting it to the Zoning Board for approval or disapproval.

"I think I told you it was a Zoning Board issue," Relation said.

VanStockum tried coming into the conversation, when Garrant cut him off.

"This is a board discussion," she said.

Relation harked back to the lawyers recommendations.

"I just think that we are wasting taxpayer's money," he said. "We scrimp and save here every week, and it's going to come back to the Zoning Board anyway."

Just one hour before, the public had asked for this very thing.

"I respectfully ask that someone stand up and say something," said Gary Peacock. "It may be a legal battle. Fight that battle."

Members of the West Beekmantown Neighborhood Association, the group that has fought Windhorse and the Zoning Board in court unsuccessfully two times, issued many written statements.

Bill Klock submitted a letter with 128 signatures that questioned why the town hadn't already revoked the permit, especially when there was a law banning industrial wind turbines.

He said there had been a prevailing belief by the Town Council that since Windhorse had been approved before the law was enacted, it wasn't subject to the measure.

"If a developer is not under the law now, it is unclear when they will be," Klock read. "It erodes public confidence in the local government."

Russ Hartung continued his presentation of case law supporting his belief that the council could oust Windhorse.

"Windhorse doesn't have a building permit, and they haven't completed substantial construction," he said, refuting a claim of vested interest.

"In fact, they have not completed any construction at all."

Cindy Root Baker said, "There is a time for everything, and this is the time to stop this project."

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