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March 16, 2009

Lawsuits, Altona accident end wind power in Beekmantown


Each presenter commented on the Altona wind-turbine collapse.

Beekmantown resident Dan Jerry said he'd thought the Neighborhood Association members were too emotional when they fought the facility.

"Recently I was watching TV, and I thought that my neighbor's house exploded. I'm not kidding," he said, alluding to the Altona accident.

"This has become emotional. So I can understand."

At the close, Relation said he wasn't expecting the arguments, and he would rather think about the submitted information and case law.

When questioned, he relied on his expert council.

"(Attorneys C. J. Madonna and Matthew Fuller) specialized in the law," he said.

"The permit has to go before the Zoning Board. If they feel that the time has expired, that they have not made (progress), it will be their decision."

He added that under the attorneys' suggestion, revoking the permit would mean a lawsuit they couldn't win.

"This town has invested a lot of money in this. I know it's an emotional issue," Relation said. "This has not been easy for you. It hasn't been easy for me either."

At the end of meeting, when councilors Dyer, Garrant and Sharron Garden had voted to accept the resolution, Relation panned the audience with a quick gaze.

He and Councilman Rufus "Joe" Deyo alone refused it.

"Well orchestrated," he said, looking at the audience. "Well orchestrated."

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