Town of Barre Workshop: 5/27/2020

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Topics Discussed:
This Workshop was focused on the topic of the wind energy project.
Details covered within discussion were:
– Possible danger to health of residents of Barre with the addition of the wind towers.
– Town of Barre wants to move forward and encourage wind energy for economic boost to the town. And move forward with certain guidelines and regulations.
– Is the Comprehensive Plan being followed?
– 350:96 Legislative Authority
– Section A – Grammatical errors
– Article 10 vs. Aritcle 23 : when will one go and one be implemented.
– What is a large project and what is a small project under this plan?
– Who will participate and what buildings or residences will qualify?
– 350:99 – Wind Energy Overlay Zone
– 350:100 – Zoning
– Referendum to zoning – should the residents vote?
– 350:101 – Application and waiver
– Change to the setback placement?
– 350:121
– 15A #6 Decommissioning – Removal of Structures and debris
– 16 – Lifespan of the project

Next Workshop is June 17th at 6pm

Letter to Barre Residents

May 10, 2020

Hello Fellow Residents of Barre,

I am getting tired of some board members and another individual at the town meetings saying that the majority of the Barre’s residents support the wind turbine project due to the election results. The election was *not* a referendum on the turbine project. The results of the survey and petitions demonstrate that equating the election with approval of the turbine project would be false. Copies of the survey cards and petition were sent to the NYS Sitting Board to be made part of the official record and they can be viewed online at:

Is it not time that we put a stop to this project due to the health risks it may pose to our residents? Haven’t we as a community already seen enough death and devastation from the coronavirus? We know the turbines will affect the appearance of our serene and tranquil surroundings and have a negative impact on the wildlife. Are your politicians going to gamble with your health for a few dollars? WIND TURBINE SYNDROME is real. Please call or write the Siting Board your senator, and the state legislatures to tell them that you do not want this project. IT IS NOW UP TO EACH RESIDENT IN COMMUNITY TO VOICE HIS AND HER OPION –NOT JUST THE LEASE HOLDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!!! *note address of where to write or call-Help Your Politicians Make the Right Decision

Please take note of the below facts and figures related to the Industrial Wind Turbine Project:

Town of Barre has about 2000 residents

Election Results: Not just about the Heritage Wind Project


Sean Pogue -377– 56%

Gerald Solazzo- 282– 42%

Total Votes: 675

Town Councilperson

Margaret Swan- 319– 24%

Kerri Richardson- 304– 23%

Cindy Burnside- 279– 21%

LuAnn Tierney- 248– 18%

Brad Driesel-109–8%


1. Town Survey conducted in regards to the Heritage Wind Project

290 surveys Accepted

44% Supportive

39% Opposed

8 % Neutral

7% Need More Information

2. Citizens for a Better Barre- Post Card Canvas Total: 538

Supportive- 25– 5%

Opposed- 425– 79%

Number not sure 14– 3%

Number refusing to commit- 29–5%

Number who moved- 41- 8%

NOTE: Canvas did not include Town Board members or individuals who have leases

3. A petition to stop the turbine project was also circulated in Barre New York with a few people not living in Barre who sign it because they would be affected due to their location. Over 500 signatures were gathered and given to the Orleans Legislature.

4. Individuals have attended Town Board meetings and shared that they chose to move from our community, due to the potential construction of industrial wind turbines.

Mr. Rivers

Please post to letters to the editor in the Hub

Alex Nacca 4285 Oak Orchard Road –Albion- New York 14411

Phone 585-283-4576


Everyone call or write a note and inform your elected officials of your desires!

Secretary Burgess at New York State Board on Electric Generation

Siting and Environment

Three Empire State Plaza

Albany, New York 12223-1350


Barre Town Hall

14317 West Barre Road

Albion New York 14411

Orleans Hub

170 North Main Street

Albion, New York 14411

Att: Mr. Tom Rivers, Editor

Senator Robert G. Ortt

Albany Office

Room 815

Legislative Office Building

Albany, New York 12247

Phone 518-455-2024 Joe contact

Fax 518-426-6987

Robert Welch Bob contact 716-434-0680 for local office

Senator Robert G. Ortt

District Office

175 Walnut Street

Suite 6

Lockport New York 14094

Phone 716-434-0680 Email ORTT@NYSENATE.GOV


Assemblyman Steve Hawley

121 N. Main Street

Suite 100

Albion New York 14411

Phone 585-589-5780

Town Workshop 4-29-2020

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The first 15 minutes were not able to be captured.

Agenda Items discussed:

– Property taxes were discussed, a public hearing will be needed.

– Sound level ordinances discussed

– It will have to be decided who are the participated residents are vs the non-participating regarding the sound ordinance

Town Workshop Meeting 4-22-2020

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Agenda Items discussed:

– An article will be posted in the Batavia Daily News regarding upcoming workshops to discuss revising the local wind ordinances for the town.

– The meetings are planned to be on Wednesday at 6pm on April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th. Look at the article for more information.

– The meeting was based around wind ordinances being updated to reflect the latest recommendations from the wind turbine companies.

– The new ordinances would be put in place to accommodate new technology and data found in modern wind turbines as the old ordinances may be outdated and constructed based on old data and tech from years ago when wind turbine tech was newer.

– The main recommendation is to increase the height of the turbines. This would be to produce more electricity more efficiently based on the wind patterns of the local region.

– 500ft tall may no longer a practical limitation which is the current ordinance. The wind turbine companies recommend higher (700ft +) to catch the wind to produce more electricity and make the windmills worth the cost.

– In addition to this the safety area around each turbine will have to be increased to accommodate the higher height. (1300 ft or more?)

Town Board Meeting 4/8/2020

Town Board Meeting 4-8-2020
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Agenda Items To Be Noted from the Town Board Meeting 4-8-20:

-Discussion of UB report and Barre Wind Law to be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 at 6 PM
-Replacement of fire extinguishers discussed in town hall
-Motion passed to preplace 3 street lights
-Municipal insurance will only apply to events approved by the town and must be on town or state property. This language will be added at next month’s meeting.
-Motion passed to preplace 3 street lights
-Added new member of town board
– 2 new grievance board members
-Spectrum high speed internet added to new roads
-Spectrum fiber optic cable added to parts of town within 1 year
– Added applications for apex job to the town hall in case people don’t have access to them on internet
– The construction bill too Apex needs to be paid after it is itemized correctly
– Year to date the town has spent $139,737 (26.6% of 2020 budget)

Please call or email your questions to Sean Pogue at 585-589-5100 Extension 108 or