Fairfield Town Board votes unanimously to allow wind turbine project


FAIRFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Fairfield Town Board voted unanimously Thursday to issue a permit, with restriction, for the Hardscrabble Wind Project.

The project has been five years in the making.  Fairfield Town Supervisor Richard Souza says over the past six months, there has been renewed interest in erecting wind turbines.  Thursday's vote will allow the project to begin to get underway.
"It's got pros and cons like a lot of things, you can beat it to death either way...make a decision, that's where were at," says Souza.
About fifty people showed up for the Town Board's vote, and many of them were not happy with the outcome. People say the town needs to invest more into investigating the long term effects wind turbines can have on natural resources and human health.
The wind turbines project is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to the Town of Fairfield.  Some residents say they welcome the turbines and the money.  Fairfield resident Dennis Kacerowski plans on having a turbine built on his property and says he is looking forward to it.

"I think it's a good thing," Kacerowski said.  "It helps everyone out."

The Hardscrabble Project will not begin anytime soon.  It now needs to be signed by Herkimer County officials.  Town Supervisor Richard Souza says it will be weeks, if not months, before any turbine building begins.  He hopes to have the project completed by the end of the year.



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