“I had to call Don (Urtz, the chairman of the planning board) to find out,” Enjem told town residents attending the board meeting.
Urtz was one of the three planning board members who voted to issue the special use permit to Ridgeline Energy in November 2011. Two others voted against the permit issuance, one of whom, Paul Szeflinski, was killed two weeks ago in an accident while herding cows on his all-terrain vehicle.
Wind farm opponents accused those backing the project of trying to take advantage of Szeflinski’s death by teeing up the application for the permit for reconsideration.
“The same day of his funeral, they came marching right back in for the permit,” said Carol Frigault, the wife of Larry Frigault.
Town of Richfield resident Leslie Weaver, noting she lives very close to the site of one of the six turbines that would bracket Route 20, said she hopes the Planning Board will study the potential impact that constructing the towering machines will have on groundwater in the area.
At a time when the use of fossil fuels have been implicated by some scientists in climate change and extensive weather-related disasters, greater reliance on a clean and renewable source of power such as wind makes sense, Doyle said.
“There is a choice to be made,” he said.