By Bob Steiner
Since last December the town’s Energy Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission have been working on an amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance which will regulate the installation and use of residential wind generating equipment in Edgewood. Most of the regularly scheduled council meeting on May 7th was devoted to this subject and any citizen present had opportunity to comment on the proposed amendment. the town had also solicited email comments by citizens who were unable to attend the meeting. It seems odd but according to the town administrator only two emails were submitted regarding this subject.
After the document was read before those present, some sixteen persons, one at a time, chose to make vocal comments on wind energy. While six citizens expressed concern about the amendment, the remaining ten commented in favor of it. Those in opposition seemed most concerned about how generators might impact on their view of the local mountains. Those in favor seemed most concerned with the impact of potentially more polluting power sources (coal, for example) on our local environment. In any event, while it appeared that the Mayor was not overly- enthusiastic about approving the document, all four council members voted to approve the document.
From where I sat in the audience, it seemed that all parties involved in the writing of the regulation have done a good job. Deserving of special kudos are John Abrams, who led the energy committees, and John Bassett and Janelle Turner, commissioners in Edgewood Planning and Zoning, whose attention to detail help make this a viable document. I am convinced every effort was made to insure that the wants and concerns of all our citizens were embodied in the completed work.
Mr. Kenneth Brennan, who works for a major commercial wind generator supplier, was present and addressed the meeting. He seems to have a wealth of knowledge about the subject and has graciously agreed to answer wind energy questions for his Edgewood neighbors. He can be reached by calling 505-286-1897.
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