Town writes to governor about wind

Interim zoning administrator hired

By Tom Benton

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SWANTON — The Swanton Town Selectboard discussed next steps in its fight against Swanton Wind at its Jan. 17 meeting.

The selectboard also appointed an interim zoning administrator, after the resignation of former zoning administrator Darlene Marrier.

The Town of Swanton is reaching out for state support while continuing its fight against the construction of Swanton Wind. The selectboard has prepared a letter to Governor Phil Scott, asking if the governor plans to implement his campaign promise to ban ridge line wind projects, and if so, when.

Clark read the letter aloud. The letter notes money spent by the towns of Swanton, Fairfield and St. Albans on legal fees for participation in the PSB’s process, a process the letter states “is costing the citizens of all three towns tens of thousands of tax dollars that could be better spent on other needs such as road and facility improvements.” The Town of Swanton alone has committed $10,000 toward legal fees to participate in the PSB process.

The letter identifies reasons for the town’s concern: that Swanton Wind’s PSB application does not specify the number of turbines to be constructed (the application states “up to seven”), that it does not specify the turbine model to be purchased and that it does not specify the project’s expected electrical generation (the application states “up to 20 megawatts”).

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