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Town of Pittsford Special Select Board Meeting
October 10, 2007     

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Chairman after the meeting was moved from the Town Offices to the Lothrop School cafeteria due to many residents in attendance.

 

Select board members present:  Joseph Gagnon, Thomas Hooker, David Markowski, Allen Hitchcock, and Thomas "Hank" Pelkey. Also present were Kathleen Ramsay, Pittsford Town Manager; Linda Drummond, Recording Secretary; Brad King, Development Manager from Noble Environmental Power; Martha Staskus, Vermont Environmental Research Associates, Inc.; Robert Howland, Development Representative, Noble Environmental Power; and Alice Finlay, Public Relations Manager in Rutland, Noble Environmental Power.  Also present were over 60 interested persons.

Presentation on Grandpa's Knob Windpark Project

Brad King, Development Manager for Noble Environmental Power (NEP), gave an introduction about NEP and the Grandpa's Knob Windpark Project of 20 wind turbines along an approximate six mile length of Grandpa's Knob.  B. King presented a timeline of the process of NEP's owner operated project from development to construction to operation.

Currently, the State Public Service Board is reviewing NEP's application for the installation and operation of three Temporary wind measurement stations along Grandpa's Knob ridgeline in the Towns of Pittsford, Hubbardton, and West Rutland.

Along with extensive environmental studies, installation of the temporary wind measurement stations is part of NEP's investigation of the viability of establishing a windpark along the ridgeline, with 17-20 wind turbines installed along the approximate six mile length of Grandpa's Knob.  Under NEP's current concept for the project, eight to ten of the towers are proposed to be in Pittsford.

As a power generation source, windparks are exempt from local and State Act 250 permitting requirements, but are reviewed under section 248 which incorporates many of the same standards.  The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) would conduct regulatory review of the potential Grandpa's Knob Windpark proposal under Title 30, section 248 of the Vermont Statute.  In addition to Federal Permits that would be required, section 248 requires companies to obtain approval in the form of a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) from the VT PSB.  Based on public input on the project from this special public meeting, the Select Board may decide to submit commentary on the project to the PSB.

Many questions were asked including concerns and comments about:

Aviation lighting impact

Land disturbance

Use of access roads already available

Tax revenue

Noise

Visual impact of the skyline

Income to the area

Climate changes globally  

Safety for aircraft

Color of the wind turbines

Regulated by PSB

Need for using less fossil fuels and using alternate energy

Lifespan of technology

Federal tax credits

Lease agreements with land owners

Watershed protection

Roads would return to previous state or better

Property values

Wildlife preservation

 

After question and answer period, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45PM.

                                                               

Respectfully submitted:                      

Linda Drummond, Recording Clerk                        

Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Chair

Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

David Markowski, Selectman

Thomas Hooker, Selectman

 



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