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Gamesa to use balloons to represent wind turbine locations

Four large balloons are to be visible Wednesday morning in the sky above Avalon Road, representing the proposed locations for wind turbines. Gamesa Energy, seeking Logan's approval to build a wind farm inside and outside the township's wind zone, arranged with the Federal Aviation Administration to put up red and yellow balloons ...The commission, which is reviewing Gamesa's request for a proposed wind farm, has received more than 30 postcards, some with multiple signatures, opposing turbines.

Four large balloons are to be visible Wednesday morning in the sky above Avalon Road, representing the proposed locations for wind turbines.

Gamesa Energy, seeking Logan's approval to build a wind farm inside and outside the township's wind zone, arranged with the Federal Aviation Administration to put up red and yellow balloons on the northeast side of Route 36, west of Avalon Road.

The display comes a day before the township planning commission hosts a public meeting on the wind turbine project. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of Christ, Juniata Gap and Good Shepherd roads.

The tethered balloons are commercial grade, 7 feet in diameter, and will be red or yellow, said Cassandra Schmick, township director of planning and zoning. After the balloons go up Wednesday morning, they will be pulled down to tree level Wednesday night, then elevated again Thursday morning.

The display is weather permitting, so if there is heavy wind, rain or snow, it will have to be postponed, Schmick said. Wednesday and Thursday's forecast as of Monday called for sunny conditions with mild temperatures.

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Four large balloons are to be visible Wednesday morning in the sky above Avalon Road, representing the proposed locations for wind turbines.

Gamesa Energy, seeking Logan's approval to build a wind farm inside and outside the township's wind zone, arranged with the Federal Aviation Administration to put up red and yellow balloons on the northeast side of Route 36, west of Avalon Road.

The display comes a day before the township planning commission hosts a public meeting on the wind turbine project. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of Christ, Juniata Gap and Good Shepherd roads.

The tethered balloons are commercial grade, 7 feet in diameter, and will be red or yellow, said Cassandra Schmick, township director of planning and zoning. After the balloons go up Wednesday morning, they will be pulled down to tree level Wednesday night, then elevated again Thursday morning.

The display is weather permitting, so if there is heavy wind, rain or snow, it will have to be postponed, Schmick said. Wednesday and Thursday's forecast as of Monday called for sunny conditions with mild temperatures.

The idea of using balloons to illustrate the location and height of proposed wind turbines surfaced in October when the township planning commission met.

The commission, which is reviewing Gamesa's request for a proposed wind farm, has received more than 30 postcards, some with multiple signatures, opposing turbines. Many signers said they want to preserve the area's scenery and wooded area and avoid noise issues.

The planning commission is expected as early as next month to forward a recommendation on Gamesa's request to township supervisors. While the commission has no decision-making power, the supervisors, who have the authority to approve or deny Gamesa's request, are awaiting the commission's comments before taking action.

Logan's planning commission in 2006 studied and proposed the idea of designating the Chestnut Flats area as a wind zone. In later discussions, the commission opposed enlarging it, but agreed to refinements inside the zone.

Gamesa Director of Development Tim Vought told the commission in October that to build a financially successful wind farm, it needs 25 turbines, which includes 17 inside the wind zone and eight outside it. All turbines are proposed for construction on Altoona City Authority land.

Gamesa has provided a map to the township showing wind turbines no closer than 4,500 feet to Avalon Road and no closer than 1,000 feet to State Game Land 267.

IF YOU GO

-- What: Public meeting on wind turbines in Logan Township

-- When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

-- Where: First Church of Christ, Juniata Gap and Good Shepherd roads


Source: http://www.altoonamirror.co...

NOV 4 2008
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