About the third wind ordinance
To the Editor:
The selectmen are working on the third wind power ordinance.
Some of these people were on the second wind ordinance that was defeated in June. The selectmen are received some input from the anti-wind power project people from town and out of town.
The third committee remains split 3 to 2 on a number of items. The input from the first ordinance has not been of any help with their negative attitude.
Some of these anti-wind suggestions are 5,280-foot setback from the nearest property lines; now setback is 4,000 feet this would be impossible. Shadow flicker set at zero hours.
The operational license would be a disaster limited the number of wind turbines for a wind project. This would be the same as limiting the number of oil delivery trucks for an oil company or limiting the seating for a restaurant.
It is apparent to me the new third wind ordinance will fail as the last two did. All three of these ordinances are being written by people with limited education and engineering experience with wind projects and could be the reason for their failure.
Some of the items are nothing but a guess; pick a number and go with it.
I believe the town should base their wind ordinance on the Maine State Planning model and the D.E.P. standards. The town voters would probably pass this ordinance with more faith in people that deal with this business.
If the town fails to pass a state ordinance, then maybe the population in Rumford doesn't want a wind project in town.
Richard A. McInnis,