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Wind power problems? Just wave a few checks

A developer should show some degree of integrity and professionalism by educating the community. Show the community and citizens of the county its benefits and potential drawbacks. Waving checks to some, pitting neighbor against neighbor, sliding agendas through the back door sounds like bureaucratic bull we’re all fed up with.

Have you received your letter outlining potential inconveniences or nuisances, definitions preferred by the proposed wind developer? Mine is in the mail.

Gotta get that wind ordinance passed. Get the product up and running.

Said hello to my neighbor the other day. Couldn’t return the friendly gesture. Never impressed me either. Must be waiting for that check.


Controversy?

Not really. Just a growing core of individuals concerned about possible adversities a wind farm will have on our neighbors who simply have no clue. Neither did we. Let’s work on a study committee to develop a wind ordinance. Should be interesting! An ordinance drafted by Invenergy representatives and a handful of novices with oversight from the zoning department should work well for Invenergy. Amateurs can find anything on the Internet.

Stray voltage? Not a transmission problem. No, we’re not in a position to put that in writing. What? A dairyman has a problem? Must have management issues.

Land values? No problem. We commissioned a study. Here’s the website. Realtors, appraisers, common sense ... those are just opinions.

Shadow flicker? Low frequency noise? Occasionally, when conditions are just right, these minor... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Have you received your letter outlining potential inconveniences or nuisances, definitions preferred by the proposed wind developer? Mine is in the mail.
    
Gotta get that wind ordinance passed. Get the product up and running.

Said hello to my neighbor the other day. Couldn’t return the friendly gesture. Never impressed me either. Must be waiting for that check.


Controversy?

Not really. Just a growing core of individuals concerned about possible adversities a wind farm will have on our neighbors who simply have no clue. Neither did we. Let’s work on a study committee to develop a wind ordinance. Should be interesting! An ordinance drafted by Invenergy representatives and a handful of novices with oversight from the zoning department should work well for Invenergy. Amateurs can find anything on the Internet.

Stray voltage? Not a transmission problem. No, we’re not in a position to put that in writing. What? A dairyman has a problem? Must have management issues.

Land values? No problem. We commissioned a study. Here’s the website. Realtors, appraisers, common sense ... those are just opinions.

Shadow flicker? Low frequency noise? Occasionally, when conditions are just right, these minor inconveniences occur. Would occasionally be just Sunday and Wednesday evening or all day Tuesday and Saturday?

Will this mean just seven of 54 turbines will affect only six homes each on Monday and Thursday or five turbines affect eight homes each on the west side Friday with a 9 mph wind speed?

What can Craig and Michelle Giraud look forward to if a 389-foot tower goes up across the road on the Brockhaus place and another tower to the west on the Pershing Young farm?

Lincoln Township? Power company bought seven homes? Over there everything’s fine. Only one complaint (dairy farmer).

Guess we really don’t need to study these or any other potential problems. Might lower taxes. Pay federal taxes. They pay Invenergy.
Invenergy pays us! Ten percent return on federal tax dollars. Get ’er done!

Should we pass an ordinance for wind farm development Monday morning? Could have a wind farm up and running. Deal with “inconveniences” later. Better yet, let the kids deal with it. We won’t be around for 30 or 40 years.

Better make the right choice. Could be a black eye. Maybe I’ll voice my opinion. Someone may listen. Maybe we’re all paranoid like every time Fort McCoy heads for the chopping block.

Approximately 54 towers have been mapped with 30 to 40 miles of underground cable going on the right-of-way and crossing private land.

The project will encompass 50 to 60 thousand acres and the households within the project as well as residents and businesses countywide.

A developer should show some degree of integrity and professionalism by educating the community. Show the community and citizens of the county its benefits and potential drawbacks. Waving checks to some, pitting neighbor against neighbor, sliding agendas through the back door sounds like bureaucratic bull we’re all fed up with.

Keith Giraud, Norwalk, is a resident of the Town of Ridgeville.

Source: http://www.tomahjournal.com...

FEB 21 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/1395-wind-power-problems-just-wave-a-few-checks
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