Plymouth: Town Meeting votes on wind turbines, school security system

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Plymouth Town Meeting wrapped up on Saturday just a few minutes past noontime, ruling on about 30 warrant articles.

An article that would have restricted the placement, height and proximity of wind turbines to residences provoked a great deal of debate but did not pass.

Betsy Hall is a Town Meeting member and member of the Energy Committee.

The committee thoroughly researched the provisions of the bylaw, she said, “The wind turbine bylaw review committee met for two years and looked at all of the possibilities for the Town of Plymouth and felt that this was the best solution.”

Paul McAlduff, chairman of the Planning Board and also a member of the Energy Committee disagreed, saying  “This bylaw is way too restrictive for the Town of Plymouth.  They should have included a lot of other lands like the Pine Hills—not the Pine Hills, LLC, the Pine Hills, the 1,000 acres—they wouldn’t even consider that.”

An article authorizing installation of a security system for all school buildings and some town buildings was considered carefully by town officials before being proposed. Town Manager Melissa Arrighi said “The security systems article was debated quite a bit internally before we brought that forward.  It’s so incredibly unfortunate that the world that we’re living in today—that this is a well over a half a million dollar expenditure in a time that we are trying to be careful—but it’s necessary.”

That price tag was considered too high by some town meeting members, but in the end the majority voted to approve.

 

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