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Experts to inspect Portsmouth's ailing turbine

Since the cause of the failure is unknown, this may help pinpoint exactly what is wrong with the turbine before committing to costly repairs. Mr. Klimm has also been consulting with two people who own and operate the same AAER 1.5 MW turbine, one of which has had the same gearbox problem.

PORTSMOUTH - With higher estimates for fixing the town's wind turbine now running at over $700,000, the town council hopes to hear better news from having an inspection of the broken part and looking into possible private partnerships.

Experts will soon conduct an on-site inspection of the failed gearbox to try to determine what caused the turbine's failure, Town Administrator John Klimm reported to the council at last week's meeting. Since the cause of the failure is unknown, this may help pinpoint exactly what is wrong with the turbine before committing to costly repairs.

Mr. Klimm has also been consulting with two people who own and operate the same AAER 1.5 MW turbine, one of which has had the same gearbox problem.

Two estimates for repairing the turbine, about $100,000 higher than the estimates presented a month ago, were given to the council last week. If the gearbox can be replaced in the air the whole project - parts and labor - will cost $671,678, and if it all must be taken to the ground it will cost $703,362.

Lumus, the turbine maintenance provider, has recommended replacing the gearbox at the same time the failed gearbox is removed so the town doesn't... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

PORTSMOUTH - With higher estimates for fixing the town's wind turbine now running at over $700,000, the town council hopes to hear better news from having an inspection of the broken part and looking into possible private partnerships.

Experts will soon conduct an on-site inspection of the failed gearbox to try to determine what caused the turbine's failure, Town Administrator John Klimm reported to the council at last week's meeting. Since the cause of the failure is unknown, this may help pinpoint exactly what is wrong with the turbine before committing to costly repairs.

Mr. Klimm has also been consulting with two people who own and operate the same AAER 1.5 MW turbine, one of which has had the same gearbox problem.

Two estimates for repairing the turbine, about $100,000 higher than the estimates presented a month ago, were given to the council last week. If the gearbox can be replaced in the air the whole project - parts and labor - will cost $671,678, and if it all must be taken to the ground it will cost $703,362.

Lumus, the turbine maintenance provider, has recommended replacing the gearbox at the same time the failed gearbox is removed so the town doesn't double up on project costs such as an estimated $59,000 to $130,000 to bring in a crane for one day.

Since the town's issue with the turbine has been in the news, Mr. Klimm has received several phone calls expressing interest in a private-sector partnership of the turbine. This week the town will advertise a request for qualifications and information to see what kind of partnerships will be proposed.

Councilors decided to wait on a decision to have the maintenance contractor repair the turbine until they have received the inspection report in the next few weeks.

In other council news...

Funding for two capital projects were approved. In the fall up to $250,000 in repairs will be made at Glen Farm, including work on the property's drainage system and repairs to the roof of the indoor riding ring and replacing as many windows and doors as possible. The town will contribute $50,000 to repair the senior center roof; however, the town hopes a grant will be awarded to pay for the project.

Sixty-two applications were turned in for fire chief; 13 of them were from people living in Rhode Island. Interviewing candidates will begin soon.

Councilors were advised that town officials are handling two separate complaints about businesses. A Gormley Avenue resident has complained that a commercial tree business is operating in a restricted residential area and also leaves its trucks idling out on the street. Peggy Lane residents have complained that Clements' Market has altered its property from a town-approved plan and that these changes have caused stormwater problems on their land and on Peggy Lane.

Residents Judy and Hadley Colman notified that they will sue the town over alleged unlawful hiring practices for the Portsmouth High School girls' lacrosse coach and alleged suffering the experience caused Hadley as a member of the lacrosse team.

Interim Fire Chief Michael M. Cranson has proposed the start-up of a town fire academy. He expects that several firefighters may retire soon and suggested having replacement firefighters trained and ready by the Portsmouth Fire Department. Trainees would be paid minimum wage to train a few nights a week for three months. The up-front costs are estimated to be $15,000, Chief Cranson said, but it would save the town a lot if they had firefighters ready to replace those who retire, instead of spending money on overtime as it takes six months to train and bring in replacements. Town officials will look into the liability and personnel issues for this proposal and make recommendation in two weeks.

Councilors awarded a liquor license to Custom House Coffee, 600 Clock Tower Square.

Ellen Nichols was appointed to the Solid Waste/Recycling Study Committee, and Philemon Hadley was appointed to the Agriculture Committee.


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AUG 21 2012
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