Antrim asks for review of wind farm project
The town submitted an appeal Wednesday of the state Site Evaluation Committee’s denial of a permit to Antrim Wind Energy LLC for the project, and, in doing so, requested a rehearing of the application.
“The Selectmen’s position was we already agree to the project and we have already entered into a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement with Antrim Wind. This is an offer over and above what we would receive if the offer goes forward so there’s no reason not to take it,” Stearns said.
“Part of the contract we have with Antrim Wind, the town of Antrim will support Antrim Wind LLC during the SEC process,” he said.
“The first meeting was very contentious. It was borderline out-of-control. A number of times people were yelling and screaming, getting up at the same time, shouting people down,” Webber said.
At Monday night’s hearing, Webber said those who had not spoken at the first meeting would be allowed to speak first and would have to keep their comments to their opinion about accepting the $40,000 — not the pros and cons of wind energy.
He banged his gavel and continued reading.
McEwen said she never raised her voice or stood up, but Webber banged his gavel and screamed at her. Webber said she stood up and shouted at him.
“I feel like there have been a lot of very, very questionable actions here. I feel very firmly Janet McEwen’s First Amendment rights were trampled here,” said resident Richard Block, who left the meeting in protest. “She didn’t stand. She didn’t shout. She didn’t do anything.”
Earlier this year, the SEC denied an application for the 30-mega-watt capacity project that proposes ten 500-foot tall wind turbines along the Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain ridgelines, saying the impact to the surrounding conservation and open land would be too great.
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