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FINAL WERP MEETING RESULTS!

The town of Lenox has a profound responsibility to treat its natural legacy with respect and deliberation. Once construction begins, Lenox Mountain will cease to exist as it does today…

For those who are keeping a scorecard here are the results of yesterday evening’s meeting:
3 nays
2 nays (or “maybe’s” but only after several more detailed, independent studies are performed and then only after public forums discussing those results and agreement by the citizens of Lenox)
1 yea.


The three working subgroups each issued reports.
The only subgroup that issued two separate opinions was the health group.

1. Health

a. Dr. Michael Kaplan — Accepted the state “experts” panel report at face value and recommends the town continue to move forward. He thinks that with proper education (propaganda?) along with some “mitigation” for those within one mile, (buyouts?) the town folk would agree.
b. Chris Magee — Gave much more extensive review of the current knowledge about the health effects, dismissed the “experts” panel report as “weak” and strongly recommends the town not move foward with the project.

2. Finances

a. Eric Vincelette and Jo Anne Magee agreed on their report and unconditionally recommend NOT going foward as the finances are not favorable to the town (perhaps even costing the town millions of dollars).

3. Environment and other issues

a. Chan Gibson and Jaimie Cahillane agreed that the project would entail widespread and intensive disruption of the existing ridge ecology, require extensive road building, disruption of the watershed, need to relocate the nearby hiking trails, etc. They agreed that “the town of Lenox has a profound responsibility to treat its natural legacy with respect and deliberation, once construction begins, Lenox Mountain will cease to exist as it does today” and recommend that before the town moves forward there would need to be many several lengthy (expensive) studies performed by qualified experts (hydrogeology, noise, shadow flicker, wildlife (birds, bats, salamanders, etc.), and also before moving forward, the panel agreed the town would need to sponsor a series of educational forums to discuss all of these issues.

Each member of the group will also issue their own one page “personal” opinion.

The report will be finalized and submitted to the Lenox Board of Selectman.

UPDATE:

From Today’s B’eagle

Wisconsin wises up…


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