Lysander windmill legislation almost ready

Lysander held a public hearing regarding windmill legislation last Monday (June 22).

The board previously approved a moratorium on building windmills in the town, which was to last through August. Should the local law be approved prior to then, the moratorium will cease.

According to Councilor Ed Reed, who has championed the ordinance, the purpose of windmill legislation in Lysander is to balance the needs of individuals who want windmills with the possibility other residents might not due to various reasons including aesthetics. The bill also includes future forms of wind energy system so the town can roll with changes should the need arise.

After introducing the bill, the floor was opened to audience comments at which point Courtney Rutherford, who represents Lysander clients interested in erecting windmills within the town, questioned specifics of the legislation such as placement of windmills and extensive need of professional review of sites.

"We hope the planning board wouldn't require [professional review] when it made absolutely no sense," Reed said regarding the language.

Rutherford added he thought it might eat up grant money available to individuals.

Fred Rood, chairman of the Lysander Planning board, said as a citizen that he thought the requirement of site plans was unnecessary.

Roger Mayer of Melvin Drive agreed that some of the requirements might discourage people from pursuing the green energy alternative. "Make it easier for people to move in the direction of renewable energy," he said.

After registering comments, Reed noted the proposed local law has become much less restrictive from the original legislation.

Supervisor Barry Bullis said the Lysander Planning Board gave a positive recommendation of the law (5-0 vote), with comments for the town board to consider. The public hearing was continued and will resume July 13 at the Lysander Town Hall, at which point the board will have received comments from the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency.

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