The citizens of Rumford have voted to accept a very negative wind power ordinance. The selectmen received help from committee people who drafted the first ordinance and others.
The town manager assured Rumford voters that a “yes” or “no” vote was for the ordinance only and not for a wind facility when, in fact, the ordinance is so restrictive that First Wind facility has notified the town that it has pulled out.
The third ordinance was more like the first one, with negative items limiting any wind facilities coming to Rumford.
When the mill closes, it will be too late for a wind company to come here.
I am a pro-wind supporter and believe we need to start cleaning our environment. The United States should not be sacrificing troops by sending them to foreign countries, fighting to provide needed oil resources for consumption here.
The landowners have lost sale or easement income from any wind facility coming to Rumford. I believe the only way they can show their disappointment is to close all their land for public use in Rumford. The town would not give them any tax breaks for their losses. The town has lost tax income from a wind farm worth millions of dollars.
Maybe we are all losers from any tax relief.
Richard McInnis, Rumford