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Beekmantown Meeting Addresses Possible Wind Farm Construction - Residents Disagree On Alternative Power Solution

A town meeting in Beekmantown Thursday night brought up more information about wind-generated power possibilities in the area.

The meeting, however, wasn't a time for a heated debate, like some towns have had recently, but was a low-key session for area residents.

"I have a farm, and I wouldn't mind if they had them on my farm," said dairy farmer Joe Giroux.

Giroux said he likes the idea of bringing in wind farms as a source of alternative energy.

"There's good incentives now -- there is -- you wouldn't call it a rebate, but there's grants out there that will help offset the cost of putting these up," Giroux said.

Beekmantown is considering a wind farm on Rand Hill Road, and the Clinton County Farm Bureau, along with environmental experts, are laying out the pros and cons of the idea.

The issue is also being brought up in communities like Malone, Ellenburg and Sheffield.

The turbines Beekmantown is considering are 300- to 400-feet tall. Some people said they're concerned the machines are too ugly and would ruin the landscape.

Others said loud noises would be a problem.

"The noise is less noise than cars going by your front yard," said a man who attended the meeting.

"Right now, everything is in the working stages," another man said.
"Everybody has an open mind."

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The meeting, however, wasn't a time for a heated debate, like some towns have had recently, but was a low-key session for area residents.

"I have a farm, and I wouldn't mind if they had them on my farm," said dairy farmer Joe Giroux.

Giroux said he likes the idea of bringing in wind farms as a source of alternative energy.

"There's good incentives now -- there is -- you wouldn't call it a rebate, but there's grants out there that will help offset the cost of putting these up," Giroux said.

Beekmantown is considering a wind farm on Rand Hill Road, and the Clinton County Farm Bureau, along with environmental experts, are laying out the pros and cons of the idea.

The issue is also being brought up in communities like Malone, Ellenburg and Sheffield.

The turbines Beekmantown is considering are 300- to 400-feet tall. Some people said they're concerned the machines are too ugly and would ruin the landscape.

Others said loud noises would be a problem.

"The noise is less noise than cars going by your front yard," said a man who attended the meeting.

"Right now, everything is in the working stages," another man said.
"Everybody has an open mind."

The Beekmantown Board will probably take up the issue again at its meeting next week, and officials said the board is still a long way from voting on whether to bring a wind farm to the area.

Source: http://www.thechamplainchan...

FEB 10 2006
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