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Tyksinski vehemently protested the inclusion of the large commercial windmills. "I've been up close to these things and they're annoying. I've got to be honest with you," he said. "You're creating, in my opinion, a hazard for the community with very little efficiency. ... I think these things are noisy, they're cumbersome - personally, I think they're ugly."
Jerry Tackley, the board's chairman, said the advice that he had received from the town's attorney was that a long-form environmental assessment from the state Department of Environmental Conservation was necessary. The requirement stems from the town's law banning private wind turbines, passed in 2010.
Because industrial commercial turbine operations "have health and safety impacts on people," Cape Vincent's draft law reads, these concerns "must be addressed with adequate setbacks for ice throw, rotor failure, shadow flicker, and noise."
A town committee has been exploring a potential local wind law with two unusual provisions. The law would require a wind energy company to publicly disclose any land use agreements it makes with property owners to build turbines. It would also mandate the company provide some compensation to neighboring properties.
Oswego County is a step closer to officially denouncing offshore wind farms and plans to change the way water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are regulated.
Planning board members reviewed the extension on the moratorium and sent it back to the town "as a local concern" without making any comments. The extension would give Lyme's Planning Board more time to draft a revised wind zoning law.
Following a public hearing attended by no members of the public, the town of Louisville voted unanimously to enact a wind turbine regulations law that would prohibit wind turbines from appearing along the town's waterfront. ..."If any commercial development came to Louisville, the state would handle that anyway," he said.
Those were the words spoken by one person in opposition to the proposed wind turbines in Litchfield. People, both for and against the turbines, packed the town hall last night, voicing their concerns. Joanne Eisinger was at the meeting. She says she feels the turbines' risks outweigh the rewards.
The board by a 7-0 vote approved a special-use permit request from Brooklyn wind developer OwnEnergy to install a 197-foot-tall meteorological tower at the Lyndon W. and Patricia F. Moser farm, 3981 Wilson Road. It would measure wind speed and direction.
At first glance, the revamped proposal looks much the same as it did when the Morristown Wind Committee presented it to the town board on May 11, 2010, although at that time it lacked a noise standard, which committee members said they did not feel qualified to establish.
"The concern is safety," said Jason C. Pfotenhauer, deputy director of the county Planning Office. "If by chance a tower were to have mechanical problems and were to fall, we would like to see more of a buffer between the base and the fall zone."
Various studies have been conducted across the country in an effort to determine the effects of wind farms on property values. The studies have produced mixed results, with some saying that wind turbines have no effect on property values and others saying the projects hurt them.
Councilwoman Kari E. Tremper said the town needs to be clear as it attempts to establish guidelines dictating the placement of turbines. "If they are spending our federal tax dollars to build these things, they might as well build them how we want them," she said.
The town of Henderson banned all wind energy towers in November. Orleans would still allow commercial and residential turbines, but the noise and setback rules would make placing turbines in the town very difficult. A public hearing continued from Aug. 11 will be reconvened at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the town offices, 20558 Sunrise Ave. Copies of the law are available at the town office.
The town board rescinded Thursday an earlier, “invalid” decision to force voters to show their driver’s licenses, with a Cape Vincent address, in order to vote in a town election. The motion was made by Supervisor Urban K. Hirschey and seconded by Councilman Brooks J. Bragdon, both of whom had voted against the Aug. 11 resolution.
The Town Council, upon approving a stricter wind-power zoning law unanimously Wednesday night, pledged to put a stricter cap on wind turbine noise levels soon. "I think we all agree that we need to drop this level from 50."
The law essentially would block Albany-based NorthWind and Power’s current plan to build a 20-megawatt wind farm with eight to 12 turbines on Dry Hill in Litchfield. The Town Board will begin to discuss the legislation at its next meeting.
Taking a position championed by a prominent wind farm development critic, the Jefferson County Planning Board urged the town of Clayton to include stricter regulations on sound levels in the town's proposed amendment for wind development.
Even as uncertainty over the future of wind turbines in the region remains, Parishville is one of several local towns who continue to work toward finalizing the details of their proposed law. Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said the town's wind law is "90 percent" complete.
"So on clear nights, the noise the turbines will be allowed to make will be a 20- to 30-decibel increase over ambient noise," said Charles E. Ebbing, a Grindstone Island resident and retired acoustic engineer. "And that will mean loss of sleep. When you disrupt sleep, you're going to have health problems."