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Grassy Ridge writer offers roadway, access worries 

Mountaintop home owner Frank Miller is upset about the condition of Grassy Ridge Road as a result of the wind mill construction.

Miller’s primary residence is Denton, Md., but he owns a summer home on Vepco lake, as well as two other pieces of property is West Virginia.

Miller and his wife Coletta built the summer home on the lake as an escape from traffic, congestion and heat, but never imagined they would find the link to their retreat almost completely destroyed. He decided to write a letter to Grant County commissioners, as well as Sens. Robert Byrd and Jon Hunter, plus transportation and windpower representatives Paul Mattox Jr. and Tim O’Leary.

In the letter, Miller states that the Division of Highways and developer have made efforts to repair some of the damage from the construction of the wind farms on Mount Storm; however, major sections of asphalt that drop off to loose gravel still remain.

Miller was also concerned about snow and ice completely destroying what is left of the road when winter comes.

“While we don’t expect a complete overhaul while construction is still in progress, it would seem that more efforts could be made to apply asphalt patches to the more heavily damaged sections to bring them up to grade until a more comprehensive repair can be effected at the end of construction. I suppose I am puzzled why the developer insisted on using Grassy Ridge Road at all when they constructed their own road running parallel to ours,” wrote the mountaintop home owner in his letter.

According to Miller, Maryland contractors who damage a state or county road are responsible for returning the road back to its original condition.

“I am disappointed to hear that legal departments have to get involved to enforce the same expectation on this developer who by the sheer scope of this project appears to have the resources to repair the damage they’ve caused,” Miller’s letter read. “We are willing to make personal sacrifices to support renewable resources to ease our dependence on foreign oil, including the temporary inconvenience of our damaged road and the long-term, unforeseen consequences of the 400-foot tall monoliths in what was an unspoiled mountain vista. But I do expect NedPower, the state of West Virginia and Grant County to do the right thing and restore our road to its original condition with no excuses or bureaucratic shuffling of responsibility.”


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