To The Daily Sun,
In May 2011, the Spanish company, Iberdrola Renewables, was granted a permit by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) for a 48 megawatt, 24 turbine wind farm on the mountain ridges in the town of Groton. Groton Wind was built and went on line in December 2012. After 14 months of operation, Groton Wind is being investigated by the State Attorney General's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office. The wind farm operation has been given a notice of possible suspension of certificate of site and facility.
The complaints against Groton Wind include: relocating two wind turbine towers from their approved locations, relocating a "Walmart sized" maintenance building from its approved (less visible) location, relocating 1,000 feet of access road with greater wetlands impact, relocating 600 feet of an existing road that was agreed to not be changed and not redoing required studies to take into account the revised height of the towers. In response to these charges Iberdrola claims the changes are minor.
In response to the Fire Marshal's complaint of not receiving notification of proposed changes and not receiving plans for approval, Iberdrola claims the Fire Marshal has no jurisdiction. In response to the Fire Marshal's request for fire suppression systems on the turbine towers Iberdrola claims they met the minimum requirements required by the fire code.
On Dec 12, 2013, Iberdrole Renewables filed an application for a 75.9 megawatt, 23 turbine wind farm on the mountain ridges in view of Cardigan Mountain and overlooking scenic Newfound Lake in the towns of Alexandria and Danbury. On Jan. 13 of this year the State Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) determined the application for the Wild Meadows wind farm to be incomplete and gave Iberdrola 10 days to provide additional information. The SEC indicated that the application was "a hurriedly assembled document intended to beat the deadline imposed by a tax credit that ended at the end of the year." The application was missing required wildlife studies, had incomplete description of business relationships and had inadequate information on water, fire and historical resources. Iberdrola was unable to provide the required information within the 10 day deadline and must now submit a new application for the project.
Iberdrola has announced that they are putting the Wild Meadows project on on hold to concentrate on resolving the issues at Groton Wind. Wild Meadows shouldn't just be put on hold. The project should be canceled.
From the very beginning Iberdrola claimed they would not build Wild Meadows without local support. But last year residents in Alexandria, Grafton and Bridgewater passed warrant articles — all by a 2-1 margin or more — either opposing new wind farms in the area or demanding that companies post security bonds for removing wind power facilities when their life is complete.
Danbury's 790 residents were balloted and voted against Wild Meadows 249-116. Iberdrola's response was, "We don't think the low level of responses provides an accurate reflection of local sentiment."
It is obvious that Iberdrola cannot be trusted. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:47
To The Daily Sun,
Since this is only the second year that Gilmanton voters have conducted town meeting under the so-called SB-2 system, some people may still be unaware of the dates for voting on important town issues, including electing a selectman and other town officers and School Board members, budgets for both town and School District, and other matters.
Voting takes place, by ballot, at the Town Hall (Gilmanton Academy) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.
Get to know the candidates by attending the Candidates Night sponsored by the Gilmanton School on Thursday evening, March 6, at 6 p.m.
The Town Report is now available at the Academy. A sample ballot, with other information, can be found on the town's website, www.Gilmantonnh.org. Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk's office.
Your vote will decide who makes important decisions in town and school governance and whether the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will remain open.
Your vote matters. Please be sure to consider the issues and vote.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
March madness in Tilton is the only way I can describe Warrant Article 2 — up for vote March 15. The town wants to participate in another joint road improvement project with the State DOT.
Are you kidding me? The state still owes the taxpayers of Tilton $900,000. Yes, the one we bonded. And they want us to bond this one for $2.7 million. It gets better. The four roads in this project are state roads. Now they want the town to take ownership of these roads on completion.
The taxpayers should only bond our share of the project. Let the state come up with their own
monies. We are not Tilton Savings and Loan.
And by the way, speaking of the Lochmere sewer project, (Sewer Commission Chairman) Peter Fogg is running for selectman. One night at a sewer meeting my wife and I asked Mr. Fogg some questions regarding cost increases pertaining to the Lochmere project. He rudely responded that he didn't need this crap, adding that he also had a day job. Of course you won't find that in the minutes.
Stick to your day job, Pete.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
Ashland has a great opportunity to elect a new member to the Board of Selectmen who will represent the people and help get Ashland back on its feet. Among Fran Newton's goals is to create transparency, stabilize and then lower taxes, promote teamwork across all town departments, committees and commissions, and have the people be heard by listening and communicating in a respectful manner.
Fran Newton's interest is the best interest of Ashland. Fran's hope is to collect information and feedback from Ashland's citizens and bring it before the rest of the board for discussion about what is best for our town and its citizens.
Fran has taken an exceptional interest in our community as demonstrated by the various roles and committees she has been on, including Health Officer, Budget Committee, Planning Board, HEAL Steering Committee, and MRC/CERT volunteer. Fran Newton has and will continue to impact our community in a positive manner, and I am sure she will serve Ashland well with dedication, honesty and consistent leadership.
Ashland needs a little help, and I feel very strongly that Fran is the person to help us. When I think of Fran, I think of the quote by Abraham Lincoln: "...government of the people, by the people, for the people..."
I believe you will agree that you will find her to have consistent and ethical leadership skills for a fiscally responsible, honest, transparent and sound Ashland, while remaining approachable to all voices and opinions. If these are the things you are looking for in Ashland, please join me in electing Fran Newton to the Ashland Board of Selectmen on March 11.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:44
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to you today in support of Tom Sargent.
I am a certified residential appraiser in this area and have been for 27 years. I have dealt with Tom in the city of Laconia and now the town of Alton on many many occasions. Tom is extremely professional, takes the time to talk to you with his knowledge and experience, and has the personality that makes it easy to ask any questions to obtain the information to complete the job. His knowledge of the area, not only in Alton, but the Lakes Region, and his willingness to share his knowledge is top-notch.
It is my opinion that losing Tom as the full-time assessor would be a huge loss to the town of Alton. Having a part-time person to go to with less knowledge of the process and area would, in my opinion, not be in the town's best interest. The importance of the assessing process is huge in within the local government.
I urge the taxpayers and town officials to reconsider and to keep in mind by removing such an experienced and knowledgeable professional, would be a huge loss to the Town of Alton
Sheryl L. Whitney
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:39