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Paul Simard (8-29)

  • Published in Letters

To The Daily Sun,

I checked the Bristol Energy Committee meeting minutes on the town website; there has only been one official meeting this year. The minutes indicate that the committee, without a vote, will be seeking a grant to study a large scale solar installation in Bristol.

Is this a project that the town as a public entity is pursuing? Or are we obtaining funds to benefit a private concern? Will this study be made available to said private concern? It seems odd to me that the Town of Bristol should be seeking public funding for a private business without the knowledge or consent of the Selectboard, or a vote of the taxpayers. If a private concern wants to build a large scale solar power plant on town property the taxpayers of that community should be consulted.
I would think that the best interest of the town would be served if a private company funded their own project and leased the property from the town with a bond in place to insure reclamation of the land at the end of the project.

Paul Simard
Bristol