Officials from the town of Columbia did the right thing by not rushing into a decision regarding wind power in the town.
Skip Brennan, from Community Energy, attended the last Town Board
meeting, asking the board members to act quickly in reviewing an
ordinance the wind company had drafted.
The ordinance would change the town’s law and allow for the
construction of wind turbines. Brennan urged the town to act quickly
because of deadline restrictions.
The Town Board and Planning Board Chairman John Murtha told Brennan
that changing a law would take at least six months, possibly a year.
Brennan’s proposed ordinance stemmed from a denied permit to
construct a meteorological tower to test wind conditions in Columbia.
Town law states that, following a denial of a building permit, any appeal must be made to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Town officials followed proper procedure in the best interest of the taxpayers.
Windmills are an important issue that needs to be discussed, researched and thought about.
Jumping into such a topic without doing “their homework” would have been irresponsible on the part of the town officials.