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Proposed wind ordinance now online
RUMFORD -- The proposed wind ordinance approved by selectmen on Sept. 24 can now be viewed online on the town's website (http://www.rumfordmaine.net/).
At the selectmen's meeting on Oct. 4, Board Chairman Greg Buccina viewing the document "will show how this ordinance differs from the previous two. The setbacks were changed. Some requirements were changed. The decommissioning was changed and the flicker standard was changed. Added to this, as many people had asked, was a community benefits package."
"Those are probably five things that differentiate this ordinance from the others, and why we feel this is something that will benefit us when wind power does come knocking at our door," he noted.
In the first ordinance, the setback for turbines was 5,280 feet. The second ordinance put forth had the setback at 3,000 feet. The latest draft has a setback of 4,000 feet.
Regarding the community benefits, the proposed ordinance says the applicant must demonstrate that substantial community benefits will accrue to the town as a result of the construction and operation of the wind energy facility. The applicant must identify the tax value, direct payments, or other financial benefits to be realized, and the form and duration of such benefits, and the short-term and long-term jobs to be created, telecommunication infrastructure enhancements or other economic benefits to be realized and the duration of such benefits.
Those community benefits could include use of generated electrical power, wildlife habitat, tourism/recreational and environmental improvements and/or enhancements and educational opportunities. Community benefits will be maintained through any ownership changes.
Voters will decide on November 8 whether to adopt it.