My family and I have always believed in the wisdom of energy conservation, and the need for our country to explore alternative sources of energy. It didn’t take being hit over the head with $3-per-gallon gasoline for us to see the light.
Even so, I find myself horrified at the prospect of industrial wind turbines coming into the town of Meredith. I guess I believe industrial turbines are more appropriate for industrial areas than for a pastoral community whose economy is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism and the growing interest of prospective real estate buyers.
All of the real estate agents I’ve spoken to agree that real estate prices in the area will suffer with the introduction of industrial wind turbines. Obviously, the closer your property is to one of these small “skyscrapers,” the more severe the effect will be. Of course, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out.
Prospective real estate buyers are no more likely to pay top dollar for a piece of property located anywhere near a nest of 400-foot wind turbines than they are for property located anywhere near the Marcy Line, for instance.
The debate over wind turbines for Meredith is already an emotionally charged one. It is an issue that pits neighbor against neighbor; for a landowner, receiving payment from a wind company to erect these monstrosities on his property effectively does so at the expense of his immediate neighbors.
Therefore, I find it hard to understand the assertion from members of the town board that this is good for Meredith. This is, in fact, tearing our town apart, and one need only attend a town board meeting to realize the anger that is being generated will be with us for a very, very long time.
15 June 2007
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