Residents and neighbors will have a chance to voice their opinion Monday at a public zoning hearing on a proposed wind farm in the town.
The Milwaukee-area company, Emerging Energies, wants to build an eight-turbine wind farm on several parcels of land owned by four families. Each of the turbines would stand 492 feet. Shirley Wind LLC, a division of Emerging Energies, is the applicant.
Shirley Wind and Emerging Energies want to erect turbines on property owned by Mark Mathies, 5982 Fairview Road; Dan Mathies, 4157 Shirley Road; Dan and Tina Zeamer, 3384 School Road; and Rodney and Sue Leiterman, 4611 Shirley Road.
Neighbors have signed a petition to urge the town to delay the project until an environmental and quality-of-life study can be done on wind turbines.
Dickinson Road resident Jeff Jens said that since the project affects anyone who owns property from which the turbines could be seen, they should have more say in the matter.
“This should be something the people vote on,” Jens said. “If the majority voted for it, then so be it, I could live with that.”
Jens said the turbines would impact him every day, and he wouldn’t benefit from them.
“Every day of my life, I will have to look at them. If I want to watch the sun come up or look to the east, I will see four or six windmills, and if I look to the west, I would see the remaining two.”
Wind turbines are controversial in many communities and have been known to stir emotions. Common objections include apprehension of stray voltage harming animals and people, the interruption in the landscape, the noise of the blades turning, the strobe-effect of blades reflecting on the sun, and concerns about turbines malfunctioning in inclement weather.
The hearing is at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Glenmore Community Center, 5718 Dickinson Road.
Jens said residents might be more receptive to the turbines if they could directly feel their benefit through a lower energy bill or other compensation.
By Lee Reinsch
24 February 2007
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