This letter is in response to Paul Wohlfarth’s letter published Sept. 4 in The Daily Telegram. He states that township meetings are “dominated by those from outside the township.”
When I read this, I was incredulous! He is referring to me and my neighbors. In actuality, “those dominating from outside the township” are the wind developers and those with special interests who attend all these township meetings. These outsiders are there for the money and are paid or will be paid – they have no respect for the future of our townships!
Many of us live near township lines: I am an Ogden township resident who lives across the street from Riga Township. Because I don’t want a turbine sited too close to my front door, I go to the Riga Township meetings. I go to my Ogden Township meetings to make sure the proposed turbine behind our house is not sited too close.
Yes, I also have the audacity to go to the Palmyra Township meetings, along with my daughter and son-in-law who own land there. They want proper setbacks from their property line to retain their property value and not compromise the safety of anyone on their land. For Mr. Wohlfarth to call us outsiders is just plain false. Apparently he wants us residents to stay home and let the developers write the townships’ wind ordinances without annoying citizen input.
If property devaluation was not a real issue, the developers would agree to a property value guarantee. They have been asked repeatedly asked to do so and have refused.
“Wind turbine syndrome” is very real. The turbines emit low-level sound that affects animals, as well as people. The developers’ response to this evidence is, “Yes, they do make noise.”
Wind turbines are 75 percent federal and state funded? Those are our tax dollars paying for these turbines. It is my right, and more so my responsibility, to attend township meetings to make sure there are adequate environmental and safety regulations put in place now.
My neighbors and I plan to continue to attend township meetings and to continue to insist that developers listen to the health and safety concerns of all township residents. We recommend that more concerned residents get involved – it is their responsibility to protect the future welfare of their children and grandchildren.
Gail R. Northcott
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