Dartmouth Wind Turbine Meeting Decemb...

Dartmouth Wind Turbine Meeting December 9 ,2009 Many Questions

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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Nov 29, 2009
Anonymous said... SOME OF MANY QUESTIONS FOR THE NEW NOVEMBER 20 PLAN

1. Have the 400 resident abutters in the radius of the wind turbines been notified about the shadow flicker / strobe affect on their residential property locations?

2. Has the Town of Dartmouth distributed an information package or done any mailings such as include wind turbine locations or informed its citizens through a uniform method such as inserts in tax bills about the new wind turbine plan? AKA abutter notification

3. Has the town attorney addressed the issue of shadow flicker from a commercial wind turbine in which it will constitute a taking of property rights of residential property and just compensation for loss of part of all the owners bundle of property rights?

4. How has the plan to develop and evaluate/address the concerns of any neighborhood opposition to the project been addressed? Should homeowners ask the town for an assessment now prior to the turbine installation to guarantee no future real estate loss?

5. It was stated in a Standard Times story that the turbines could be put on timers or simply shut off if shadow flicker/strobe affect were to affect residential homes. After the turbines are installed who sets the turn off time on the timers? Who's in charge?

6. Are the timer shut down periods included in the feasibility study of the turbines?

7. What has been done to address homeowners issues in the area of the Chase Road and Russells Mills Road site that are concerned about noise, a flicker effect caused by the blades of the turbines, their sleep being disturbed and a possible drop in valuations of their homes?

8. What action plan is there for a wind turbine fire, transmission leak and / or catastrophic collapse failure? Example: Altona,NY wind collapse.

9. If the town is allowed to sell power back to the electric company at a future date will it require the upgrade (larger or another set of electric poles) of the electric infrastructure in the Chase Road and Russells Mills Road locations?

10. How will the Town of Dartmouth select a wind turbine company ? How did they select AAER as the turbine company? The stock closed today TSX-V : AAE at 11 cents.

Finally-The designer selection law, M. G. L. c. 7,§§38A½-O ("Designer Selection Law"), requires municipalities and other local public agencies to adopt written designer selection procedures, which must be used when contracting for design services for any building construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling or repair project that has an estimated construction cost of more than $100,000 and design services are required.

Is this an addition over $100,000 to an existing municipal building?

November 25, 2009 8:31 PM

Ed Pimental said... To anonymous

When will you, and your tree hugging friends, stop all this nonsense? Get a life....

November 26, 2009 7:20 AM

Anonymous said... Ed,

A tree hugger is someone who cares about the only thing in the world that gives us oxygen...they want to save trees from people that dont recognize the importance of them.

Prostituting modern power performance to enable subprime energy schemes on behalf of half-baked technology is immoral. As is implementing highly regressive tax avoidance “incentives" to make it appear that pigs can fly.
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Nov 29, 2009
November 26, 2009 9:45 AM

Anonymous said... If Dr. DiPippo doesn't read this blog, I hope one of his associates will alert him to the list of questions just posted so he has answers at the meeting.

November 26, 2009 9:57 AM

barrywalker said... As a daily watcher of CNBC, I have noticed a trend over the years. This media outlet used to report far less about politics than it does now. Over the past several years politics has become ever more entwined with all types of business. While some alternative energy foes may not like it, government incentives are a valid part of the financial equation when it comes to wind turbines in Dartmouth. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

November 26, 2009 12:29 PM

Anonymous said... How about the Indians ?

Has the Historic Commission been involved in the plan?

It may be a good idea to invite Umass archaeological students and an archaeologist to review the wind turbine site while construction goes on. In this part of New England, artifacts connected to human life go down about 3 to 4 feet who knows what history is buried here.

The first settlements were in the areas of Russells Mills, Slocum Neck, and Smith Neck, called Nomquid by the Indians

In 1924, Indian remains representing four individuals were removed
from a gravel pit in Westport Harbor, Bristol County, MA,

November 26, 2009 12:36 PM

Anonymous said... How about the Indians ?

Has the Historic Commission been involved in the plan?

It may be a good idea to invite Umass archaeological students and an archaeologist to review the wind turbine site while construction goes on. In this part of New England, artifacts connected to human life go down about 3 to 4 feet who knows what history is buried here.

The first settlements were in the areas of Russells Mills, Slocum Neck, and Smith Neck, called Nomquid by the Indians

In 1924, Indian remains representing four individuals were removed
from a gravel pit in Westport Harbor, Bristol County, MA,

November 26, 2009 12:36 PM

Anonymous said... Boy, the not-in-my-backyard folks are really grasping at straws now!

November 26, 2009 3:04 PM

Anonymous said... Well, not necessarily. Remember the gravesites on Faunce Corner Rd. that were desecrated when unearthed by the developers for the strip mall housing 5 Guys, Burgers and Fries and the other little shops?

What I don't understand, though, is why the small patches of wetlands that necessitated moving the site of the wind turbines from their originally planned site could not have been discovered the first time around. Maybe I'm missing something?

November 26, 2009 5:42 PM

Anonymous said... The blogger could be correct about archaeological sites around the treatment plant .

The AEC must have in the last five years considered the land beteen the Paskamansett River and Indian Cliff Road South .
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#3 Nov 29, 2009
How involved in the wind study is the Dartmouth Historical Commission (DHC)?

The DHC is responsible for the preservation, protection and development of the town's historical or archaeological assets and for historic preservation planning for Dartmouth under Chapter 40, Section 8D of the Massachusetts General Laws and Section 3-13 of the Town's General By-Laws.

The town of Dartmouth is one of the oldest and largest towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Archaeological evidence documents the presence of humans in the area for a period of 10,000 years. A recently completed archaeological reconnaissance survey of the town documented 50 previously unrecorded archaeological sites, both prehistoric and historic. The town has been identified as an area with high archaeological sensitivity.

The areas with greatest prehistoric sensitivity are to be found along the major wetland margins. The town could expect to find prehistoric sites along Apponegansett Bay, near the Slocums, Paskamansett, and Shingle Island Rivers, and along streams, swamps and ponds. Historic sites would most likely be found near the historic villages of the town and on some of the farms that have existed for more than 300 years.

The protection of these sites will need the active participation of town agencies such as the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission, local and regional preservation and planning advocates, landowners, Native American groups and the general public.

The Historical Commission needs to continue to collect and update information on archaeological resources, so that information can be recorded with the state. The Historic Commission is actively pursuing legislation to require studies in the areas designated on the archaeology sensitivity maps produced by PAL for the survey. Also, the town might consider an archaeological site protection program by-law to protect known sites.

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