DERBY – Local businessman Grant Spates is an experienced member of many different boards and now he would like to be a member of the Derby Select Board. Long-time member Karen Jenne has opted to not seek re-election for a three-year seat, leaving an open place.
In a recent interview, Spates was critical of some of Jenne’s actions as a board member. Jenne was an opponent of the proposed industrial-sized wind turbines on two farms in town.
Spates said she should have kept her personal opinions on the back burner as an elected official and he questioned the appropriateness of Jenne’s actions. Spates said he would support a town-wide vote on residents’ opinions of wind turbines, and thinks the vote should occur at Town Meeting. He feels that if surveys were mailed out instead, only people who feel passionate would return them.
For more on Grant Spates' run for a seat on the Derby Select Board, see Tuesday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 5, 2013.