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Hammond plan hearing extended until next month

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HAMMOND – The town council will take another month before it votes on its comprehensive plan to “soften” the language in a section concerning commercial wind development.

Developed by the residents with help from the St. Lawrence County Planning Office, a local review committee, the town council and village board last summer and fall, the town and village’s joint-community plan recommends community improvement projects regarding agriculture, business, governance, housing, industry, infrastructure and land use.

During a public hearing last month, residents showed support for the plan, but disapproved of the language concerning the town and village seeking out commercial wind developers. Councilor Douglas Delosh expressed concern over whether the language could one day reopen wounds that “already could take two generations to heal.”

“I think it to put on emphasis on something we don’t want to emphasize,” he said. “We’ve gone through this for four years and it has torn the community apart. It doesn’t make us a neutral party. It wants us to actively push this. I don’t think that’s our prerogative.”

Council members said they would review the language individually and consult with Town Attorney Bill Russell before settling on proper language for the plan.

“We have to make it so that it is acceptable to a lot of people,” Councilor Howard Demick said.

The public hearing will remain open until the March meeting. The village board approved the plan last week.

In the meantime, Mr. Bertram encouraged the Economic Business & Economic Development Group of Hammond & Chippewa Bay to form a committee responsible for implementing the plan.

Erica C. Demick, founder of the business group, said she is looking for a sixth resident to join the committee which will include a member from the village, town and planning board.

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