Turbine appeal rejected

The Zoning Board of Appeals has voted unanimously to reject a challenge to the permitting process for constructing three commercial wind-power turbines on private land and one on town property. Building inspector and zoning enforcement officer Paul Armstrong
 had denied a request for a cease-and-desist order that would have shut down the turbines. He said last week that according to a zoning bylaw, these turbines do not require public notification of neighboring properties. After the turbines began operating this year, some residents complained they were unaware of the plan to build them, and a few have complained of suffering from the noise created by the turbines. The attorney for the residents also alleged a failure in required communications concerning the permit between town officials and the town clerk. But Town Counsel Jay Talerman argued the town allows only a 30-day appeals period for building permits, which has long passed.

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