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Commission votes to raise decibel level

By a 4-1 vote, the members sided with an earlier proposal made by Fayette County commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent Vicities to raise the decibel level to 70 ... Dr. Evelyn Hovanec, who cast the lone no vote, cautioned the board to make a "careful" decision.

A controversial issue tied to the proposed construction of wind turbines by Iberdrola Renewables of Portland, Ore., was again before the Fayette County Planning Commission Thursday for the board to consider an allowable sound level for the structures.

By a 4-1 vote, the members sided with an earlier proposal made by Fayette County commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent Vicities to raise the decibel level to 70 with the sound measurement to be documented from the property line of adjoining neighbors.

Dr. Evelyn Hovanec, who cast the lone no vote, cautioned the board to make a "careful" decision, noting that not keeping with the current ordinance requirement of 55 decibels could create problems in the future.

Hovanec had earlier proposed that the board recommend the lower level be maintained; however, the resolution died for a lack of a second.

Iberdrola is scheduled to construct 23 wind turbines in Georges, Springhill and Wharton townships later this year and had approached county commissioners in June to request the current ordinance regulating noise be revised to increase the decibel level, delete a second sound measurement... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A controversial issue tied to the proposed construction of wind turbines by Iberdrola Renewables of Portland, Ore., was again before the Fayette County Planning Commission Thursday for the board to consider an allowable sound level for the structures.

By a 4-1 vote, the members sided with an earlier proposal made by Fayette County commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent Vicities to raise the decibel level to 70 with the sound measurement to be documented from the property line of adjoining neighbors.

Dr. Evelyn Hovanec, who cast the lone no vote, cautioned the board to make a "careful" decision, noting that not keeping with the current ordinance requirement of 55 decibels could create problems in the future.

Hovanec had earlier proposed that the board recommend the lower level be maintained; however, the resolution died for a lack of a second.

Iberdrola is scheduled to construct 23 wind turbines in Georges, Springhill and Wharton townships later this year and had approached county commissioners in June to request the current ordinance regulating noise be revised to increase the decibel level, delete a second sound measurement requirement and move the sound measurement location from an occupied structure to the property line.

The commissioners opted to table the issue and sent the matter to the planning commission for its recommendation.

Planning commission solicitor Sheryl Heid said the commissioner's proposal was linked to a recent ruling handed down by Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steve P. Leskinen.

Iberdrola had appealed an earlier decision by the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board to deny the construction to the court.

Thomas J. Bozek III of Springhill Township has property near the proposed wind farm and objected to the ordinance change and requested the board review a sound study conducted in Somerset where other wind turbines have been erected.

Board Chairman Robert Baker declined to accept the document, noting that the task of the panel was to consider the request by the county commissioners.

In addition to Baker, board members Edward Andria, Chip Ciarrocchi and Tom McCracken voted in favor of the measure with board member Gary Verkleeren abstaining from voting in the matter.

The commissioners will now be required to conduct a rezoning hearing and public meeting before they can take official action.

In other action, the planning commission also conducted the following business:

* Approved the Taylor Plan located in Menallen Township.

* Agreed to extend the agricultural/rural zoning to include adjacent property currently zoned general business for German Township property owner John Skochelak.

* Authorized the Matthew Oliverio Land Development plan in Redstone Township, Wellington Development/ WVDT LLC Land Development plan in Luzerne Township, Point Marion Water Staging Area Land Development in Springhill Township and Pritts Water Staging Area Land Development in Lower Tyrone Township contingent upon the developer submitting additional documents tied to erosion and sedimentation plan approval and county Zoning Hearing Board authorization to the planning office.


Source: http://www.heraldstandard.c...

JUL 9 2010
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