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Next turbine meeting March 14  

Credit:  By Michael Timm, The Bay View Compass, bayviewcompass.com 18 February 2011 ~~

Turbines take two.

Fourteenth District Alderman Tony Zielinski just announced that he will host a second and final public meeting on a proposed wind turbine for Bay View’s lakefront, either by the Port of Milwaukee administration building or out on the confined disposal facility near the Lake Express ferry terminal.

The meeting is Monday, March 14 at 6pm in the Bay View High School auditorium, 2751 S. Lenox St.

“This is not all or nothing,” Zielinski told the Compass. “The issue is the aesthetics.”

He said almost everyone in Bay View supports renewable energy but some people object to the wind turbine out on the CDF obstructing lakefront aesthetics. Thus, while Zielinski said all four options are still on the table–a smaller or larger turbine at either the Port of Milwaukee or CDF site–Zielinski said he’s considering as a compromise placing the larger turbine at the inland site next to the port administration building. At this site close to I-794, the turbine would not be as visible along the lakefront from Bay View as it would out on the CDF.

Zielinski also said Matt Howard and the city’s Office of Environmental Sustainability will present additional options of how the federal money could be spent, if not on a wind turbine. “It’s not like this is the only thing we could spend [the federal] money on,” Zielinski said.

The meeting will follow the format of the first meeting held at the South Shore Park Pavilion Jan. 13. That meeting was packed with well over a hundred citizens; 48 people testified. The Compass counted 18 against, 16 for, and 14 who expressed concern at that meeting.

Zielinski told the Compass if the final tally of supporters and opponents is split relatively evenly, he’ll lean in favor of the compromise option, with the larger turbine at the inland site.

This is not a formal public hearing before a standing committee; it is an opportunity for constituents to let their voice be heard to Zielinski and to ask questions about the turbine proposal.

More info, see the February issue’s lead story: http://bayviewcompass.com/archives/6139 and the city’s FAQ: milwaukee.gov/sustainability.

Source:  By Michael Timm, The Bay View Compass, bayviewcompass.com 18 February 2011

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