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Doreen Reilly files zoning-violation complaint against Kingston Wind Independence

KingstonJournal.com was on the scene yesterday when Leland Road-resident Doreen Reilly filed a complaint against the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine citing multiple zoning violations that were first reported in the Journal two weeks ago.

Reilly, who lives less than a quarter mile from the KWI Turbine on Leland Road, has been one of a plethora of residents claiming ill-health effects stemming from shadow flicker and infrasound generated by the KWI Turbine.

Yesterday, Reilly filed a zoning complaint against the KWI Turbine with Kingston Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Armstrong.

Reilly (pictured) alleged multiple zoning violations with the KWI Turbine, which sits on land leased from the Town of Kingston, including the lack of a site-specific flicker and noise study, the lack of a peer review and the absence of a bond (also known as a surety) for the decommission of the turbines.

Armstrong was on his lunch break when Reilly filed her complaint yesterday but was assured that Armstrong would soon respond to her complaint with a phone call.

Two weeks ago, the Journal uncovered that the office of Tom Bott, Kingston’s Town Planner, was unable to produce a site-specific flicker study for either the O’Donnell turbines or the KWI Turbine.

Kingston’s Wind Overlay District Bylaw, approved by Kingston Town Meeting in 2007, states that wind-turbine applicants have ”the burden of proving that [shadow flicker] does not have significant adverse impact on neighboring or adjacent uses.”

Similarly, Bott’s office was unable to produce evidence of any existing bonds for the turbines, as required by the Wind Overlay District Bylaw in the event that the turbines must be decommissioned and removed.

Tonight, Reilly said she is still awaiting a call from Armstrong but offered comment on her complaint. “I have faith that Mr. Armstrong will do his job as the Zoning Enforcement Officer,” Reilly told the Journal.

“We want our homes and our neighborhoods back,” Reilly said and added, “KWI has been off since Nemo and it’s been great…we’ve been able to sleep and live in our home.”

The Journal will keep our loyal readers updated on this story as more information becomes available.