After reading Friday’s Enterprise, “Selectmen Will Oppose Wind Turbine Bylaw,” I wonder how more convoluted this wind turbine debacle will get.
Selectmen oppose the planning board’s revised bylaw because it bans the relocation option. However, if the selectmen’s Wind Turbine Options Process (WTOP) liaisons (Mary Pat Flynn and Doug Jones) would have informed the rest of the board that the WTOP group dismissed the relocation option, this board miscommunication would have been averted.
To be clear: the WTOP group agreed the relocation option was not viable due to the likelihood of FAA restrictions so close to the Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station. But more importantly, they don’t want to inflict the same potential harm, as it exists in Falmouth neighborhoods, upon military families at base residences.
Not long ago Selectman Murphy said that he was old enough, mature enough and wise enough to know that when you make a mistake, you have to ’fess up and admit it. He noted that the reality is that we have turbines worth $14 million in the ground there, but the reality is also is that we’ve aggrieved some neighbors. He said those are our friends, neighbors, voters and taxpayers too. Are not those military families equally important now, as much as ever?
The board’s insistence for a by-law provision allowing relocation is both contradictory with the WTOP group’s examination of the relocation option, as well as being inconsistent in the care that should be afforded our military friends, neighbors, voters and taxpayers.
Or, is there another explanation selectmen would like to share, to clear up the confusion?
Mark J. Cool
Fire Tower Road
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