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Turbine blade slashes into neighbouring home

Bill Fish wants the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to investigate homemade windmills after his neighbour's device came crashing through his roof during yesterday's high winds. He was shocked awake around 3 a.m. when an eight-foot-long wooden blade penetrated the roof, before piercing through the ceiling and wall in a sewing room of his Dufferin Avenue home, located outside of Wallaceburg in Chatham Township.

No injuries, but Wallaceburg man wants an investigation

WALLACEBURG - Bill Fish wants the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to investigate homemade windmills after his neighbour's device came crashing through his roof during yesterday's high winds.

He was shocked awake around 3 a.m. when an eight-foot-long wooden blade penetrated the roof, before piercing through the ceiling and wall in a sewing room of his Dufferin Avenue home, located outside of Wallaceburg in Chatham Township.

"This is nonsense," Fish said, noting this is the first time his neighbour's windmill has damaged his house.

However, he added it is the third time a part of the device has blown off.

"These are not for residential areas," Fish said. "This has got to stop."

Fish said if the blade had come through the roof another four feet over, it would have hit his electrical panel and possibly set the house on fire.

"This can be a big problem," he said.

He doesn't want to see the municipality wait too long to take action "before somebody gets killed before something is done about it."

Paul Lacina, Chatham-Kent's chief building officer, said a new zoning bylaw specifically deals with windmills and wind turbines.

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No injuries, but Wallaceburg man wants an investigation

WALLACEBURG - Bill Fish wants the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to investigate homemade windmills after his neighbour's device came crashing through his roof during yesterday's high winds.

He was shocked awake around 3 a.m. when an eight-foot-long wooden blade penetrated the roof, before piercing through the ceiling and wall in a sewing room of his Dufferin Avenue home, located outside of Wallaceburg in Chatham Township.

"This is nonsense," Fish said, noting this is the first time his neighbour's windmill has damaged his house.

However, he added it is the third time a part of the device has blown off.

"These are not for residential areas," Fish said. "This has got to stop."

Fish said if the blade had come through the roof another four feet over, it would have hit his electrical panel and possibly set the house on fire.

"This can be a big problem," he said.

He doesn't want to see the municipality wait too long to take action "before somebody gets killed before something is done about it."

Paul Lacina, Chatham-Kent's chief building officer, said a new zoning bylaw specifically deals with windmills and wind turbines.

But he noted the present bylaw doesn't allow for them in many areas.

"If they are allowed, they have to have a building permit," Lacina said.

"This specific one wasn't allowed and it didn't have a building permit," he added, noting the owner won't be allowed to put it back up.

Lacina said there is a new zoning bylaw specifies the devices will be allowed in rural residential areas, with restrictions such as minimum distances from property lines, and how far it can be from other structures.

"You're not going to see them popping up in urban areas," Lacina said.

Carl Cadotte said he erected the 60-foot high windmill three years ago.

Although he admitted to having some problems with blades blowing off before, Cadotte said the windmill has withstood stronger winds than what knocked it down yesterday.

He blames the problem on the wet conditions, noting a three-foot cement concrete anchor for one of the four supporting cables was pulled from the ground because of all the moisture in the ground.

Fish estimates the damage to his home is between $5,000 to $10,000, noting the roof was recently reshingled. Not only does the hole in the roof need to be fixed, he said the roof rafter was damaged along with the ceiling and wall in the house.


Source: http://chathamdailynews.ca/...

FEB 12 2009
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