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Stiles Brook landowner, wind foes take a breath, consider next steps

Stiles Brook landowner, wind foes take a breath, consider next steps

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC While Iberdrola Renewables has said it will not move forward with a 24-turbine wind project straddling the Windham and Grafton line following a decisive vote, the owners of the 5,000-acre project site have made no such promise. When asked on Monday, what happens next, Meadowsend Timberlands’ managing forester […]

Second-homeowners against Iberdrola wind project as well, surveys find

Second-homeowners against Iberdrola wind project as well, surveys find

By John Hoover and Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like their full-time resident counterparts, second-homeowners in both Windham and Grafton overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by Iberdrola Renewables to build a 24-turbine wind farm on property straddling the towns. Second-homeowners in both towns had been mailed surveys asking whether they were for the proposed […]

Grafton, Windham voters deal fatal blow to Iberdrola wind proposal

Grafton, Windham voters deal fatal blow to Iberdrola wind proposal

By Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a decisive blow to a proposed industrial wind project, the voters in Windham and Grafton have voted against putting a 24-turbine industrial wind project along the Stiles Brook tract of land that straddles the two towns. When the votes were counted on Tuesday night, Grafton defeated […]

Grafton Planning Commission meeting Nov. 1

Grafton Planning Commission meeting Nov. 1

The Planning Commission for the town of Grafton will hold its meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1 at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. Below is its agenda. Public Comment Minutes: Oct 11, 2016, Sept 26, 2016 (revised) Town Plan Revision Review marked-up maps in map chapter Review Education Chapter Review Recreation Chapter […]

Wind tax info meeting canceled on legality concern

Wind tax info meeting canceled on legality concern

©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC What was intended as an informational workshop for Grafton property taxpayers to show them how to figure out the impact of the tax benefits derived from the proposed Iberdrola wind proposal on their personal property taxes did not come off as planned on Saturday. The meeting had been warned as a […]

Ornithologist downplays turbine danger to rare bird

Ornithologist downplays turbine danger to rare bird

By Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Vermont ornithologist is downplaying concerns that the at-risk Bicknell’s thrush will be imperiled should the 24-turbine Stiles Brook wind project go through. Some in the anti-wind community in Grafton and Windham are hoping to use the plight of this small songbird as the Nov. 8 vote […]

Grafton sets wind project info meeting dates

Grafton sets wind project info meeting dates

©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Grafton Select Board on Monday has set dates for meetings and workshops to disseminate information on the effects of a proposed industrial wind project on taxpayers, homeowners and residents when it comes to economics, health and the environment. With only 20 days before the Nov. 8 election, which will include […]

Grafton Planning Commission meeting for Oct. 11

Grafton Planning Commission meeting for Oct. 11

The Planning Commission for the Town of Grafton will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. Below is its agenda. Public Comment Minutes: Sept 13, 2016, Sept 26, 2016 Town Plan Revision: Review revised Flood Resiliency Chapter with pictures and diagrams; Review marked-up maps in map chapter; […]

Iberdrola offers 'partnership' payment to Grafton voters

Iberdrola offers ‘partnership’ payment to Grafton voters

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Iberdrola Renewables is offering the registered voters of Grafton a minimum $428 annually in “partnership” payments should its pared down 24-turbine ‘industrial wind farm be built on the Stiles Brook property that straddles Windham and Grafton. EXCLUSIVE: Iberdrola sweetened the pot, but Windham residents stirred it. On Wednesday […]

Iberdrola sweetened the pot, but Windham residents stirred it

Iberdrola sweetened the pot, but Windham residents stirred it

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Following the rollout on Tuesday of Iberdrola Renewables’ “sweetened deals” to the towns of Windham and Grafton, there were outcries that the Spanish wind company was “bribing” and “buying votes.” (See also, Iberdrola offers Grafton voters ‘partnership’ payments) However, the new proposals, which eliminated four of the 20 […]

Grafton board officially sets wind vote for Nov. 8

Grafton board officially sets wind vote for Nov. 8

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 – Telegraph Publishing LLC The Grafton Select Board on Monday night voted unanimously to make Tuesday, Nov. 8, the date for the townwide vote on the Iberdrola wind project and also adopted the same language that Windham adopted for its vote. Registered voters in the Town of Grafton will be able […]

Iberdrola cuts number of turbines in Windham, ups its financial packages

Iberdrola cuts number of turbines in Windham, ups its financial packages

By John Hoover and Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its much anticipated meeting with Windham residents on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Iberdrola Renewables has changed its industrial wind proposal by cutting the number of turbines planned for the Town of Windham from 20 to 16 and raising the benefits package from $715,000 to $1 […]

Grafton Planning Commission won't present draft Town Plan to Select Board on Monday

Grafton Planning Commission won’t present draft Town Plan to Select Board on Monday

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Grafton Planning Commission will not be presenting a draft Town Plan at the Monday, Oct. 3 Select Board meeting as the board had hoped, a development that Select Board chair Ron Pilette called “very disappointing.” The board has considered the Town Plan — even a draft — […]

Iberdrola schedules residents' meetings in Windham, Grafton

Iberdrola schedules residents’ meetings in Windham, Grafton

©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Iberdrola Renewables has invited Windham and Grafton residents to two meetings next week that it will hold in their communities. The meetings, according to Iberdrola communication director Paul Copelman, will “present changes to the project footprint and to the community benefits package.” Residents will learn about the revised plans to both […]

Grafton board changes direction, shoots for wind vote on Nov. 8

Grafton board changes direction, shoots for wind vote on Nov. 8

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a surprising change, the Grafton Select Board now believes it may be able to hold a formal, binding vote of registered voters on the proposed Iberdrola wind project to coincide with the presidential election — Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Spanish wind company is proposing to construct 28, […]

Grafton board says formal vote on wind project to occur in late 2016, early 2017

Grafton board says formal vote on wind project to occur in late 2016, early 2017

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC On a 3-to-1 vote, the Grafton Select Board agreed on Tuesday night to tell Iberdrola, the Spanish wind company, that it would not be ready to hold a vote of registered voters on the company’s controversial wind project until late 2016 or early 2017. This formal vote is […]

Grafton begins crafting wind survey, sets up wind info panels

Grafton begins crafting wind survey, sets up wind info panels

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday night’s Grafton Select Board meeting could have gone the way of many meetings in the past few years, turning into a pitched battle of finger-pointing and legal arguments, but board chair Ron Pilette wasn’t having it. Pilette moved the meeting forward, setting aside an ongoing ethics complaint […]

Grafton 2nd homeowners given voice in wind poll

Grafton 2nd homeowners given voice in wind poll

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC After a long discussion, punctuated by comments from first- and second-homeowners alike urging that the Grafton Select Board act, the board on Monday night approved going forward with a nonbinding poll to find out how all town residents and taxpayers view the proposed Iberdrola industrial wind project as […]

Grafton group seeks to sway Chester board against wind project

Grafton group seeks to sway Chester board against wind project

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The July 20 Chester Select Board was a presentation-rich environment, with information on an impending townwide reappraisal and an offer to donate the north shore of the Rainbow Rock swimming hole to the town. The longest, however, was a PowerPoint presentation by opponents of the wind project […]

Candidates for lt. gov., governor talk industrial wind power, citizen input at Grafton forum

Candidates for lt. gov., governor talk industrial wind power, citizen input at Grafton forum

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The small crowd gathered before even one candidate entered Grafton’s White Church on Monday night got the biggest treat of the day, when young Ripley Schemm practiced a solo soprano performance with one of the world’s most famous arias. Accompanied by his father on piano, Ripley, who is […]