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Tiverton Town Council votes to extend wind turbine moritorium

Palmerston North City Council has agreed to the next stage of its wind farm development which could see up to 58 wind turbines on the Turitea Reserve.

TIVERTON — The Town Council unanimously voted to send a proposed amendment regarding Wind Energy Conversion Facilities back to the Planning Board for its consideration during a meeting Monday evening.

The council also voted to extend the town’s moratorium on issuing permits for wind energy generators/turbines until the study is completed. The lone exception comes from a wind turbine that has already been approved for Sandywoods Farm. Earlier this year, Millenium Renewable Energy LLC looked into the possibility of installing a 343-foot wind turbine tower on top of a rock ledge near the Route 24 Main Road off ramp.

Henry Korzeniowski, an abutter of the proposed turbine, voiced concerns regarding safety, setbacks and noise levels of the turbine. According to Korzeniowski, the proposed location would be 400 feet from the closest residence.

“I’m not against alternative energy,” said Korzeniowski. “I’m against putting it in a residential area. This site is unsafe for many.”

In a slide presentation, Korzeniowski chronicled for the assembled crowd various turbine related issues including mechanical failure and shadow flicker, which occurs when rotating... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

TIVERTON — The Town Council unanimously voted to send a proposed amendment regarding Wind Energy Conversion Facilities back to the Planning Board for its consideration during a meeting Monday evening.

The council also voted to extend the town’s moratorium on issuing permits for wind energy generators/turbines until the study is completed. The lone exception comes from a wind turbine that has already been approved for Sandywoods Farm. Earlier this year, Millenium Renewable Energy LLC looked into the possibility of installing a 343-foot wind turbine tower on top of a rock ledge near the Route 24 Main Road off ramp.

Henry Korzeniowski, an abutter of the proposed turbine, voiced concerns regarding safety, setbacks and noise levels of the turbine. According to Korzeniowski, the proposed location would be 400 feet from the closest residence.  

“I’m not against alternative energy,” said Korzeniowski. “I’m against putting it in a residential area. This site is unsafe for many.”

In a slide presentation, Korzeniowski chronicled for the assembled crowd various turbine related issues including mechanical failure and shadow flicker, which occurs when rotating turbine blades come between the viewer and the sun, causing a moving shadow.

The Planning Board was recommending a setback 1.5 times the height of the turbine from the nearest property line and follow the town’s ordinance code regarding noise level. Korzeniowski said the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative is recommending setbacks of a half-mile.

“The setbacks being proposed transfer risk to the public,” said Korzeniowski.

Town Planner Christopher Spencer requested the Town Council continue the matter while he is working with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce on a development plan for the Tiverton Industrial Park which was agreed with by Gary Plunkett of the East Bay Energy Consortium.

“It will be very beneficial to continue the study and make sure the ordinance includes the Industrial Park,” said Plunkett.

Councilor Louise Durfee is hopeful that with further study of the issue the town can come up with a proposal that is agreeable to most residents.
“We have time to get it right,” said Durfee. “We need to look at noise and setbacks. Those issues that will carry an impact need to be addressed.”

In other business, Trevor Sheehan and Bradford Lynch were sworn in as third-class firemen after completing their one-year probationary period. 


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JUN 16 2010
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