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Kingston ZBA – The Hearing Continues

July 4, 2012

Wicked Local photo/Kathryn Gallerani
Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Armstrong and Town Planner Tom Bott read through the packet that attorney Christopher Senie presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals last Wednesday night as Senie makes his case for the issuance of cease and desist orders for the Independence and O’Donnell wind turbines.

The June 20, 2012 Zoning Board of Appeals hearing got double coverage with reporter Kathryn Galleranis pieces “Kingston neighbors of wind turbines complain of ill effects” (6/28/12) and “Kingston ZBA hearing opportunity to air wind turbine concerns” (7/3/12) appearing in Wicked Local Kingston. The hearing was continued to July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

While the June hearing accepted wide-ranging public testimony, Gallerani reports that attorney Christopher Senie presented technical reasons for the ZBA to start the approval process over, which would allow conditions to be placed on the operation of the turbines.

Already, residents have reported health effects including sleep disruption and other symptoms.

Leland Road resident Dan Alves said he knew there had been talk of wind turbines, of efforts by the town’s Green Energy Committee to pursue green power, but he was not informed about what it would really mean to have these wind turbines near his home.

“Never would I have experienced what I have experienced – headaches, dizziness, vertigo,” he said.

Country Club Way resident Chris Dewitt said his heart aches at the impact these turbines have had on his family and his neighbors. He said he has been woken up early in the morning, around 3:30 a.m. one day and 4 a.m. the next, because of the turbines’ noise.

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