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Turbine setbacks, noise debated

While most meetings concerning wind turbines have had more input from individuals opposed to wind farm developments, Wednesday's night Huron County Planning Commission meeting had a much larger - and louder - presence of individuals in favor of wind developments.

BAD AXE - While most meetings concerning wind turbines have had more input from individuals opposed to wind farm developments, Wednesday's night Huron County Planning Commission meeting had a much larger - and louder - presence of individuals in favor of wind developments.

Both sides of the wind debate packed into the Huron County Expo Center to give their say about proposed ordinance amendments that increase the county's setback from 1,000 feet to 1,320 feet, and decrease the noise limit a turbine can emit from 50 to 45 decibels for nonparticipating landowners.

Not in my county

In a poem she read aloud during Wednesday's meeting, Kimberly Camp, of Harbor Beach, touched on many of the issues expressed Wednesday evening, including concerns that wind turbine developments cause health problems, declining property values, and a loss of scenic value and goodwill.

"I thought this was a happy place, smiles on almost every face.

"Peaceful acres given by God, for all the farmers to work the sod.

"Then one day, out of the blue, in came the windmill crew.

"... Lots of money was offered to some they do, so contracts were signed by... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

BAD AXE - While most meetings concerning wind turbines have had more input from individuals opposed to wind farm developments, Wednesday's night Huron County Planning Commission meeting had a much larger - and louder - presence of individuals in favor of wind developments.

Both sides of the wind debate packed into the Huron County Expo Center to give their say about proposed ordinance amendments that increase the county's setback from 1,000 feet to 1,320 feet, and decrease the noise limit a turbine can emit from 50 to 45 decibels for nonparticipating landowners.

Not in my county

In a poem she read aloud during Wednesday's meeting, Kimberly Camp, of Harbor Beach, touched on many of the issues expressed Wednesday evening, including concerns that wind turbine developments cause health problems, declining property values, and a loss of scenic value and goodwill.

"I thought this was a happy place, smiles on almost every face.

"Peaceful acres given by God, for all the farmers to work the sod.

"Then one day, out of the blue, in came the windmill crew.

"... Lots of money was offered to some they do, so contracts were signed by more than a few."

" ... I thought we were all smarter than this, it's the peace and the quiet I'm sure we will miss.

"...You can stop all of this if you use your heart, and know that you played a really big part," she read.

Mary Nowak, who lives on M-19 near Ubly by three turbines, said she didn't hear noise from turbines in her home until she cut down some trees in her yard. Once the trees were cut down, she could hear the noise, and began having feelings of anxiousness and has experienced trouble falling asleep.

Nowak noted she stayed in Arizona for two months and had no troubles sleeping during that time. However, when she came back to Michigan this week, she began having trouble sleeping the second night she was home.

"How can it be possible for this to happen when I have lived in this house for 50 years without any problems? I lived here before the loud wind turbines ... something needs to be done so my home can be livable to me again. I fully expect the county commissioners to solve this problem for all the people like myself," she said.

Some opposed to local wind developments felt county commissioners and planning commissioners who have leases with wind companies should abstain from voting on any wind ordinance amendments. Additional concerns were that wind energy is an unreliable and expensive source of energy, and that tax revenue is limited and not worth the cost of having commercial wind developments in Huron County.


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APR 9 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/25590-turbine-setbacks-noise-debated
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