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Bid to create alternative energy board fails

February 23, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – Over the past year and a half or so, wind energy has dominated a majority of discussions held during town meetings, from workshops to public hearings.

And that trend only continued last Monday night when the Town Council introduced an amended version of its wind ordinance that goes to a public hearing next month. One slight difference this time around, though, was that one council member again tried to move the discussion in another direction.

When the then-newly elected council held its first proper meeting last November, one of its first actions was to establish a moratorium on wind energy applications. After a brief discussion on how long it should be, the council agreed that four months should be enough time as it would also allow for the Planning Commission and the Town Planner to amend the town's ordinance on wind energy.

And just as he did at that meeting, Gregory Avedisian proposed Monday night that the town establish an ad hoc committee on alternative energy, which he admitted he would like to see grow into a proper, full-time committee or commission over time.

Read more in this week's The Chariho Times.

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