PITTSFIELD, Maine — In a four-minute meeting Monday evening that elicited not a single comment from either the audience or the members, the planning board paved the way for a wind turbine project by the town.
The vote to approve locating a $63,000 turbine at the town’s transfer station was unanimous.
Despite the support, however, the project will not go forward unless the town can win a very competitive state grant.
Town Manager Kathryn Ruth said word on whether Pittsfield has been awarded a grant should come any day. The grant is being sought through the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s community development project under the state’s Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund.
Holding the public hearing and obtaining planning board approval were necessary, Ruth explained, because if the grant is received, work should start immediately. The initial work would involve advertising and design work, she said.
Two weeks ago the planners approved the specifications of the project but decided to hold a hearing to allow the public, particularly abutters, to comment. Only town councilors; John Rush and Kate Burgess, owners of Evolo Energy of Newport, the company supplying the turbine; reporters and town employees attended Monday’s meeting.
At the earlier meeting, Ruth said the wind turbine would be about 100 feet tall with 23-foot-wide blades. It would be located on a concrete pad at the transfer station.