About windpower issue in Dixfield
To the Editor:
Questions continue to be raised in an effort to prolong the issue of windpower in Dixfield. The question was asked of me, “When do we get a chance to vote?”
November 6 is that chance. No, the current ordinance is not perfect but it was thoroughly vetted by lawyers last year and was found to be more complete than most and adequately covered the necessary areas. Another lawyer has now looked at it and decided that there are changes that need to be made.
If these changes are found to be necessary, they will be incorporated. I have not seen them so I can not speak to their validity for Dixfield. They could range from moving a comma to a deficiency. The decision to go ahead with a vote last spring was to once and for all get an answer from the citizens whether they want to pursue windpower or not. Please be assured that the Board will need to abide by your vote and that the best ordinance for whichever way the vote goes must be prepared.
As for where the mills will go, we have been assured publicly by Patriot Renewables that they will not be placed on Colonel Holman Mountain, but on that range of mountains above and below Colonel Holman. Even if there are no windmills, there will be transmission poles and wires to carry the power from Carthage to Canton to the transfer station. Dixfield will receive no compensation from any of that land use through fees or taxes and will have no say in where they will be placed.
As one of the author/contributors to the current ordinance, I can tell you that many hours were spent considering consequences and trying to predict every circumstance for the safety of the citizens of Dixfield. The so-called zone for no windmills came from an understanding that there were no places that windmills could be safely built within that area.