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>Town enacts moratorium on wind farm applications

FARMERSVILLE The Farmersville Town Board voted Monday to place a moratorium on wind farm applications while changes are made to a 2007 law regulating wind-energy conversion facilities in the town.

The updated law will require a host community agreement with a wind-energy developer prior to the town's approval of a wind farm, according to the town's wind-energy attorney, Eric Dadd. The moratorium was enacted after a hearing on the issue.

Acting Town Supervisor Joe Brodka said he believes wind energy developers are taking a chance and the money is a "good deal" for the town.

Dadd said he expects to provide a new wind-energy regulatory law to the board within a week, with a public hearing and approval as early as Nov. 15, when the moratorium would be lifted.

Noble Environmental Power has obtained leases from town landowners for placement of turbines, and a project application is expected to link up with a smaller turbine project in the Town of Freedom, where officials have already drafted a host agreement with Noble.

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