Kingston: Health board member calls for meeting regarding wind turbines

Some residents near Kingston’s large wind turbines have complained for months about sound and visual flicker they attribute to the turbines. Kingston’s Board of Health has taken up the matter and plans to engage legal counsel and to test conditions in the neighborhoods.

Then, a special meeting of the board was posted for Wednesday night.

Board member Dan Sapir posted the meeting for the purpose of appointing special counsel to advise the board. No other board member attended. Residents, neighbors of the turbines, filled the meeting room and stood in the hall.

“It’s very clear that town counsel is in a total conflict of interest by his own volition,” Sapir said. “He cannot represent or advise the Kingston Board of Health. The conflict is that he has worked with the selectmen for the procurement of the very turbines that are now in dispute.”

After the board invited town counsel Jay Talerman to its next meeting, he wrote a memo to selectmen notifying them of his conflict of interest.

Sapir accuses health board chairman Joe Casna has a similar conflict of interest and chairman of selectmen.

The Kingston Board of Health meets again Nov. 28.

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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.