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Parishville town board may soon enact wind law

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PARISHVILLE — The town may soon have a wind energy facilities law on the books, according to Supervisor Jerry G. Moore.

But it could still be a couple of years before any Iberdrola Renewables wind turbines pop up in Parishville, Mr. Moore said.

The Town Council has revised its proposal several times and may approve a final law next month, Mr. Moore said. The law would allow Parishville to create a “wind overlay district,” a designated area for wind turbines.

“We’re just trying to have some say in where they’re sited,” he said.

The St. Lawrence County Planning Board recently approved the latest version, and the Town Council held a public hearing on the law last week. About 15 local residents showed up at the hearing with only a few questions, Mr. Moore said. The forum was less eventful than previous, packed public hearings on the law.

Mr. Moore said Iberdrola had stated an interest in siting 40 to 50 wind turbines between Parishville and Hopkinton.

“They haven’t really given us a number,” he said. “We still have a couple of years before they’re ready to ask for a permit.”

Iberdrola set up a “test” wind tower in the area some time ago, Mr. Moore said. The company still has six months of data to obtain from that test tower before it provides a closer estimate how many turbines it may site in the two towns. In the meantime, Mr. Moore said, the town will pass the law, create the district and be prepared when Iberdrola is ready to move forward with its plans.

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