Turbine abutters refuse to 'build concensus'
Neighbors of Falmouth's town-owned wind turbines balked at the town's compromise in turbine operation and refused to participate in a consensus-building process until they stop spinning.
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#1 May 23, 2012
TOWN OF FALMOUTH
COMMUNITY WIND PROJECT
6. OTHER COMMUNITY IMPACTS..Page 38
6.1 VISUAL AND NOISE IMPACT. Page 38
A feasability study was done for the Town of Falmouth in November 2005. It was well documented in section 6 of the report on page 38 about the visual and noise impact.
In 2005 it was documented by the Massachusetts semi quasi state agency that there were two types of wind noise A. Regulatory compliance: Massachusetts State regulations and B. Human annoyance: Aside from Massachusetts consideration. Residences must also be taken into consideration. The homes affected by the noise are in the 2005 noise study as well as others.
6.1 Visual and Noise Impact
The potential visual and noise impacts of the proposed wind turbine are best considered in the context of where existing dwellings are located in relation to the turbine site. A total of 99 residential properties are located within a half-mile radius of the turbine site. All of these properties lie to the west and south of the site.(See Attachment A for a map of the site).
There are 68 properties located to the west of the turbine site. All 68 properties are located on the west side of Route 28 (Rte. 28). Rte. 28 therefore serves as a barrier between these 68 dwellings and the turbine site. Approximately one third of the 68 dwellings are within 500 feet of Rte. 28, and all are within a quarter mile of Rte. 28. The closest dwellings are approximately 1700 feet due west of the proposed turbine site. Sixty-one of the 68 properties are located on one of the following residential streets: Ridgeview Drive; Ambleside Drive; Westmoreland Drive; and Brantwood Road. Seven properties are located to the east of West Falmouth Highway.
There are 31 properties to the south of the turbine site. A vast majority of these dwellings are located off of Blacksmith Shop Road, primarily on the south side of the road. A few dwellings are located off of Durham Road and Durfee Drive. The closest dwelling to the south of the proposed turbine site is approximately 1350 feet due south.
#2 May 23, 2012
Falmouth Board of Selectmen
May 23, 2012
Dear Falmouth Board of Selectmen,
You continue to "sympathize" with the turbine abutters and you "understand" why they are boycotting the sham exercise in "consensus building" sponsored by the Board of Selectmen.
Meanwhile, the Falmouth Wastewater Superintendent, Mr. Gerald Potamis, grumbles that the Town has already made several "concessions" to the victims.
The obvious implication is that the victims are being unreasonable because they refuse to accept the adverse consequences to their health and well-being that you prescribe for them -- or that you determine by "building a consensus" of the selectmen and the other residents of Falmouth -- a consensus of those who do suffer only benefits, but no consequences -- as to how much suffering the victims should endure, so that you can reach the paramount goal articulated in your lofty Statement of Principles: come hell or high water, dammit, you're going to make enough revenue to pay the electric bills of the wastewater treatment plant and the debt service for the machines! That part is non-negotiable.
Suppose that a broken sewer line were emptying its contents onto the lawn of, say, Chairwoman Mary Pat Flynn, and the other members of the select board on a daily basis. Suppose that they complained about it to the town, saying that it disrupted their lives and constituted a health hazard. Suppose further that everyone agreed that it was a nuisance and a health hazard and that the Town of Falmouth was at fault for the faulty design and construction. Finally, suppose that it would be expensive to fix the problem and that there was no money in the budget to fix it.
Would you be supportive of a "consensus building exercise" -- a town-wide referendum -- to determine how much sewage you should be willing to tolerate in your yard?
Would you accept a proposal from your neighbors that the sewage be pumped into your yard "only during the daytime, but not at night"?
Would you accept the arguments of your neighbors that they were being "reasonable" and that they had "already made numerous concessions to you" because they had already increased the "window of time" that they stopped pumping sewage into your yard "from 4 hours a day to 12 hours a day"?
Would you accept the argument that your neighbors "sympathize" with your plight and that they "certainly understand" that you are upset, but that you must realize that "it's just too expensive" to fix the sewer line or shut it down?
Would you accept their stubbornness in insisting to you that the sewage in your yard -- it's only during the daytime hours, after all -- did not really constitute a health hazard or a threat to your well-being but was merely an "annoyance" -- and that if you weren't so damn selfish, you would just suck it up and "get used to it"?
Now, finally, do you grasp the absurdity -- bordering on irresponsible criminality -- of your position?
If not, I presume that you won't mind if the 40 families and 70 residents in Falmouth that are affected by the wind turbines arrange with a local septic company to unload a tanker truck of sewage on your lawn every other day -- just to bring the point home.
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