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Wind Farm Proposal Divides Cape Vincent Residents

You can't see it, but you can feel it--and soon it might generate money for the Jefferson County town of Cape Vincent.

We're talking about wind.

Because the town gets plenty of wind, there are two proposals for
wind farm projects in the works.

One proposed site is on land at the corner of Burnt Rock and Swamp
roads.

Town Planning Board Chairman Richard Edsall sold some of his property
for the construction of the wind farm.

He said the town stands to earn $2 million in revenue right off the bat.

"It benefits on the highway. It benefits in the kids' school,
basketball, whatever," said Paul Van Vliet, a resident who supports
the wind farm idea and the revenue it would generate.

However, the idea is dividing the community into two camps:

property owners who stand to make money by putting turbines on their
land.

property owners who don't want to look out their windows and see
windmills.

During Wednesday night's of the town planning board, the debate was
enough to send one board member home early.

"You only have two people who can vote. You don't have a quorum.

Have a nice day," said board member Andy Binsley as he walked out of the meeting.

The planning board was supposed to make a recommendation for the town board, but did not.

The two projects call for the construction of 120 to 150 windmills.

The proximity of those mills to the St. Lawrence River and Lake
Ontario remains a contentious issue.

We're talking about wind.

Because the town gets plenty of wind, there are two proposals for
wind farm projects in the works.

One proposed site is on land at the corner of Burnt Rock and Swamp
roads.

Town Planning Board Chairman Richard Edsall sold some of his property
for the construction of the wind farm.

He said the town stands to earn $2 million in revenue right off the bat.

"It benefits on the highway. It benefits in the kids' school,
basketball, whatever," said Paul Van Vliet, a resident who supports
the wind farm idea and the revenue it would generate.

However, the idea is dividing the community into two camps:

property owners who stand to make money by putting turbines on their
land.

property owners who don't want to look out their windows and see
windmills.

During Wednesday night's of the town planning board, the debate was
enough to send one board member home early.

"You only have two people who can vote. You don't have a quorum.

Have a nice day," said board member Andy Binsley as he walked out of the meeting.

The planning board was supposed to make a recommendation for the town board, but did not.

The two projects call for the construction of 120 to 150 windmills.

The proximity of those mills to the St. Lawrence River and Lake
Ontario remains a contentious issue.


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APR 13 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2409-wind-farm-proposal-divides-cape-vincent-residents
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