Possibility of wind mill farms in Pamlico moves forward

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 09:10 AM.

After nearly a year of debate, the possibility of wind energy farms in Pamlico County moved over a hurdle Monday night, with a first-reading passage of an ordinance by the county commissioners.

Because the vote was not unanimous following a public hearing with speakers both pro and con, the measure goes to a second public hearing on Sept. 3. At that time, the board can approve the governing ordinance for the 500-foot wind mills with a simple majority vote.

The vote to approve was 5 to 2, with Commissioners Chris Mele and Kenny Heath voting against it.

Commissioners Paul Delamar III and chairman Ann Holton, along with Jimmy Spain, Pat Prescott and Carl Ollison voted for its approval.

Mele has been an opponent of the wind mills since the county was first approached last summer, citing negative impacts to Cherry Point training over the county and noise impacts on citizens among other things.

Heath, who said he wanted the board to take all the time it had (including a second public hearing) to decide, said he would likely vote for it the next time.

The public hearing brought Robert Scull, a member of the Sierra Club, who said that while the club supports renewable energy and the jobs it can bring, the club asked that the commissioners not take a vote and get more public comment.



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