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Lysander windmill legislation proposed

A moratorium on wind apparatus has been extended to Aug. 30 in the town of Lysander.

Meanwhile, Lysander officials have finished preliminary work on a local law that would promote the safe, effective and efficient use of on-site wind energy systems. The regulations are designed to balance the benefits of wind energy systems with the potential impacts on the health and safety of Lysander residents, in addition to protecting the aesthetic qualities within the town.

Specifications of the proposed law include: a permit must be obtained to build and operate windmills; systems are restricted to industrial, agricultural and AR-40 zoning districts; and wind energy systems will only be allowed on a minimum of five acres and a minimum of 200 feet from the road. A public hearing regarding the issue will be held at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Lysander town hall.

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