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Freedom to vote on wind turbines

FREEDOM -- Residents will get a chance to vote on whether to support the idea of erecting three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge in a special town meeting Wednesday evening.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Grange Hall.

The article represents an attempt by selectmen to gauge public opinion on the matter, which for months has been hotly contested from both sides. Heidi N. Brugger and her husband, Read D. Brugger, were instrumental in getting the article put on the warrant, having previously collected 209 names on a petition in support of the wind turbine project.

This warrant article will function in the same manner, Heidi Brugger said.

"When we presented the petition, we were trying to get a sense from the people of the town how many would be in favor of it, because representatives of the Competitive Energy Services had said that they wouldn't come to a town that didn't want them," she said.

The Portland-based energy company had submitted a building application to erect three 400-foot-tall wind turbines on Beaver Ridge, a 1,000-foot rise that overlooks the town.

Partners in the company have made an agreement with local farmer Ron Price to lease land on the ridge, with plans to put the turbines in place by the end of the summer of 2007.

But residents have raised a wide array of concerns ranging from light pollution to noise pollution to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Grange Hall.

The article represents an attempt by selectmen to gauge public opinion on the matter, which for months has been hotly contested from both sides. Heidi N. Brugger and her husband, Read D. Brugger, were instrumental in getting the article put on the warrant, having previously collected 209 names on a petition in support of the wind turbine project.

This warrant article will function in the same manner, Heidi Brugger said.

"When we presented the petition, we were trying to get a sense from the people of the town how many would be in favor of it, because representatives of the Competitive Energy Services had said that they wouldn't come to a town that didn't want them," she said.

The Portland-based energy company had submitted a building application to erect three 400-foot-tall wind turbines on Beaver Ridge, a 1,000-foot rise that overlooks the town.

Partners in the company have made an agreement with local farmer Ron Price to lease land on the ridge, with plans to put the turbines in place by the end of the summer of 2007.

But residents have raised a wide array of concerns ranging from light pollution to noise pollution to hazards of ice being flung from the 130-foot blades.

The company has done a 17-month study on the wind speeds and prevalence, but has done no specific tests on how the noise caused by the wind striking the blades would affect residents or wildlife in the area.

Residents have also questioned whether the company is qualified to take on the project, as it has never worked with wind turbines.

Joel Elliott -- 861-9252



Source: http://kennebecjournal.main...

JUN 6 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2944-freedom-to-vote-on-wind-turbines
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