Rumford is working on a third wind project moratorium for 180 days.
The first ordinance was created by a very anti-wind project board. They now want to be included in the third attempt to work with the new selectboard.
The second board could not agree on certain items.
I have to agree with Candice Casey that the town doesn't have people qualified to create a wind power ordinance. I believe the voters in town do not have any faith in the local boards. Some of the people on the boards had never been to a wind project until after they served on the ordinance board. How could these people understand what problems could be created with such a large and technical project?
The Department of Environmental Protection standards and the state Planning Office have made many changes since the first industrial wind project. The state has qualified engineers and environmental personnel to inspect and regulate the industry.
I believe they have the best interest of the state's population in mind and would work with towns proposing wind projects. An ordinance created with those people and local people would probably pass with a yes vote.
Landowners are waiting before they sell any land to the wind project developers. I believe they should not be taxed for land held from sale to wind projects. They also have the option to close all their land for recreational purposes to the general public.
How long will this fiasco have to be extended?
Richard McInnis, Rumford