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Maritime energy farms still in the wind

Councilor Peter Baute passed out copies of a map showing possible sites for offshore wind farms under the governor's ambitious plan, two of which lie off Block Island. The two near the island have the highest wind velocities, he said, but there are two other sites near Newport and Little Compton that have winds almost as strong. Baute and a visitor from Roger Williams College toured the areas of the island that face the sites and took pictures, he said. Facsimiles of the turbines will be superimposed onto the pictures to approximate how they will look from the island.

Energy strategies, changes to the liquor license ordinance, and a possible entertainment license were on the agenda at the Town Council meeting held after the bike helmet hearings Wednesday evening.

Councilor Peter Baute passed out copies of a map showing possible sites for offshore wind farms under the governor's ambitious plan, two of which lie off Block Island. The two near the island have the highest wind velocities, he said, but there are two other sites near Newport and Little Compton that have winds almost as strong. Baute and a visitor from Roger Williams College toured the areas of the island that face the sites and took pictures, he said. Facsimiles of the turbines will be superimposed onto the pictures to approximate how they will look from the island.

Another professor at Roger Williams is willing to conduct a public survey here, Baute reported. First Warden Kim Gaffett thought that a good idea so "we can understand the community's opinion" on wind turbines. Everett Shorey, who is on the town's Energy Task Force, suggested that community support for the project here could sway the state to locate the wind farm in our waters.

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Energy strategies, changes to the liquor license ordinance, and a possible entertainment license were on the agenda at the Town Council meeting held after the bike helmet hearings Wednesday evening.

Councilor Peter Baute passed out copies of a map showing possible sites for offshore wind farms under the governor's ambitious plan, two of which lie off Block Island. The two near the island have the highest wind velocities, he said, but there are two other sites near Newport and Little Compton that have winds almost as strong. Baute and a visitor from Roger Williams College toured the areas of the island that face the sites and took pictures, he said. Facsimiles of the turbines will be superimposed onto the pictures to approximate how they will look from the island.

Another professor at Roger Williams is willing to conduct a public survey here, Baute reported. First Warden Kim Gaffett thought that a good idea so "we can understand the community's opinion" on wind turbines. Everett Shorey, who is on the town's Energy Task Force, suggested that community support for the project here could sway the state to locate the wind farm in our waters.

Just returned from a fact-finding trip to Prince Edward Island, Cliff McGinnes Sr., president of Block Island Power Company, and his wife Sara recommended the town contact officials there, where wind turbines, some made in Denmark, are in operation. The technology of the turbines is very different from those on Block Island previously, Cliff McGinnes said. Both reported that although there was a sound from the large turbines, "it was a pleasant one."

Sara McGinnes suggested the town conduct public forums before conducting a public survey and the council agreed that was a good idea.

Baute and Second Warden Ray Torrey were scheduled to attend a state stakeholders meeting the morning following the council meeting.

That's entertainment

A proposal for an entertainment license was tossed around by the council and then tossed out. It was conceived to give the town local control when entertainment establishments have infractions. Liquor infractions are dealt with upstate, but an entertainment license could be revoked locally. Town Solicitor Katherine Merolla cautioned that infractions could be appealed and an injunction obtained. She also advised that the state allows the entertainment license to be revoked only for dangers to public health and safety. The council decided not to pursue the proposal at this time.

Changes to the town's liquor laws will be discussed at a public hearing set for October 17.

Payne's expansion

The Coastal Resources Management Council will review an expansion application for Payne's Dock on Tuesday, September 25, at 6 p.m. in the Narragansett Bay Boardroom, One Service Road, Providence. Gaffett said the town's position is, and has been, to oppose it.

Paving and jumping

The council read letters aloud, one by residents on West Beach Road, requesting paving of the street.

Another letter, from Chris Warfel, was a request to place signs prohibiting bridge jumping on the council's agenda. This was suggested to him by the state Department of Transportation after he alerted them about an incident in which jumpers nearly landed on people in his oyster skiff. Warfel also presented copies of water tests he said were conducted by the University of Rhode Island, showing that there were high e-coli levels in the area of the bridge that day. Town Manager Nancy Dodge disputed this, and asked him why he hadn't attended the water quality meeting earlier that day. Gaffett said he would be on the agenda next meeting.

 


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SEP 25 2007
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