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Neighbors rally against wind turbine

One community is united as they fight to block what a neighbor wants to build in his backyard. It's a battle that has been going on for several months. One man wants a wind turbine, his neighbors saying, not in our neighborhood. Now other surrounding communities are joining the fight.

One community is united as they fight to block what a neighbor wants to build in his backyard. It's a battle that has been going on for several months.

One man wants a wind turbine, his neighbors saying, not in our neighborhood. Now other surrounding communities are joining the fight.

A beautiful Spring day with kids playing and balloons is more than meets the eye of any passerby.

"It's "Not a Big Fan" party. We are not happy about our neighbor building a 45-foot wind turbine," says Cami Putnam who lives across the street from the property proposing the structure.

While the children bounce inside an inflatable castle, parents bounce ideas off each other trying to figure out how to stop Kermitt Waters from erecting what they see as an eyesore.

"It doesn't even follow the setback codes. It's taller than his yard. It's not safe. It's not appealing to look at," says Putnam.

Neighbors say they believe in green energy, but don't think the wind turbine would even be productive.

"I think if it was a viable solution I would be looking at it myself, but I just don't think it belongs in this neighborhood, in this close proximity and small lots," says Mel Putnam.

At first, opposition to the windmill came... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

One community is united as they fight to block what a neighbor wants to build in his backyard. It's a battle that has been going on for several months.

One man wants a wind turbine, his neighbors saying, not in our neighborhood. Now other surrounding communities are joining the fight.

A beautiful Spring day with kids playing and balloons is more than meets the eye of any passerby.

"It's "Not a Big Fan" party. We are not happy about our neighbor building a 45-foot wind turbine," says Cami Putnam who lives across the street from the property proposing the structure.

While the children bounce inside an inflatable castle, parents bounce ideas off each other trying to figure out how to stop Kermitt Waters from erecting what they see as an eyesore.

"It doesn't even follow the setback codes. It's taller than his yard. It's not safe. It's not appealing to look at," says Putnam.

Neighbors say they believe in green energy, but don't think the wind turbine would even be productive.

"I think if it was a viable solution I would be looking at it myself, but I just don't think it belongs in this neighborhood, in this close proximity and small lots," says Mel Putnam.

At first, opposition to the windmill came from neighbors, but now homeowners from other communities are taking notice.

"My concern is that this will be a precedent. If this guy puts this in, in a neighborhood over here, then these things are going to be going up everywhere, and I don't want one of these in my backyard," says Brian Martin.

That's why residents are signing a petition for City of Henderson leaders, urging them not to approve the structure.

Visiting the home of Mr. Waters we got no response, but earlier this week he told action news, all he wants to do is go green.

"I never dreamed I was going to get in this. I'm trying to do something good, and I get blocked every where I can go," he says.

His neighbors say they rarely see Waters at his property in Henderson.

"My personal opinion is that he wants to sell these, and so if he can get that up, if he can get it pass the city, he's setting a precedence. It's not very fair. It's not neighborly," says Cami Putnam.

Organizers of Saturday's event say they have 80% of the neighborhood supporting the movement against the wind turbine. More than 70 people attended the "Not a Big Fan" party. The group can be contacted at notabigfan@cox.net.


Source: http://www.ktnv.com/Global/...

APR 18 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/25750-neighbors-rally-against-wind-turbine
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