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Many Union Beach residents oppose wind turbine

No wind turbine in my backyard. That was the sentiment of most of the residents who spoke Thursday night on the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's proposed 360-foot energy-producing wind turbine. Roughly 40 people attended a special meeting of the Borough Council called to hear residents views about the plan. Many proclaimed loud and clear that they want no part of such a structure in their neighborhood.

UNION BEACH - No wind turbine in my backyard.

That was the sentiment of most of the residents who spoke Thursday night on the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's proposed 360-foot energy-producing wind turbine.

Roughly 40 people attended a special meeting of the Borough Council called to hear residents views about the plan. Many proclaimed loud and clear that they want no part of such a structure in their neighborhood.

The authority plans to build the turbine off Oak Street at the west end of this 1.2-mile-long borough that officials say would help defray energy costs of running a sewage treatment plant there.

However, most residents who spoke adamantly opposed the project, offering a litany of potential liabilities they say the turbine will bring.

Residents' objections ranged from a potential impact upon their property values, to a potential negative health impact, to annoying noise levels, and the effect on area wildlife and ecosystem.

"If they put it up, who is going to come to buy my house?" asked Christine Boyle of Henry Street, one of roughly two dozen residents to address the council.

"The borough must consider whether they will need to lower my property taxes," Boyle added.

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UNION BEACH - No wind turbine in my backyard.

That was the sentiment of most of the residents who spoke Thursday night on the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's proposed 360-foot energy-producing wind turbine.

Roughly 40 people attended a special meeting of the Borough Council called to hear residents views about the plan. Many proclaimed loud and clear that they want no part of such a structure in their neighborhood.

The authority plans to build the turbine off Oak Street at the west end of this 1.2-mile-long borough that officials say would help defray energy costs of running a sewage treatment plant there.

However, most residents who spoke adamantly opposed the project, offering a litany of potential liabilities they say the turbine will bring.

Residents' objections ranged from a potential impact upon their property values, to a potential negative health impact, to annoying noise levels, and the effect on area wildlife and ecosystem.

"If they put it up, who is going to come to buy my house?" asked Christine Boyle of Henry Street, one of roughly two dozen residents to address the council.

"The borough must consider whether they will need to lower my property taxes," Boyle added.

Other residents questioned what the authority may dig up when they start building.

"Who is going to monitor what comes up out of the ground," asked Ryan Angstrom of Park Avenue.

However, a handful of speakers supported the project, including two authority employees who attempted to assuage residents' concerns.

"I'm a pile driver, and I know 100 guys who don't have a job," said Scotty Colton of Beachview Avenue. "This is tough times. Maybe this project could get people to work. If they (authority) have the information that it's safe, then I'm for it."

Mayor Paul J. Smith Jr. said the meeting was held to gauge where residents stand on the project. He urged opponents to write to their legislators.

"We will do the best we can to protect our people," Smith said.

The ultimate decision-making power over the turbine rests with the state Department of Environmental Protection, which has already given the project preliminary approval.

The project price tag is estimated at around $7.7 million, about half of which would be paid for through a $3.8 million grant from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The authority will hold its second open house informational meeting about its turbine project for Monmouth County residents starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at its office at 100 Oak St., here.


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DEC 4 2009
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