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Frustration in Falmouth

January 11, 2013

In Firetower Wind’s recent post, Clouding the Wind Issue in Falmouth, mjoecool comments, “The catalyst for Falmouth’s wind turbine review process are serious concerns for resident’s basic health and living conditions.” Furthermore,

The Falmouth WT problem is not a noise problem. It’s a pronounced and significant Health problem that needs immediate attention from the local government body responsible for the HEALTH of the community.

Like others in Falmouth, Cool is impatient with a side-lining of the health issue in a concern over costs to the town. These red herrings lead to interest in sound testing (needing more evidence) and relocation (reducing harm to current wind neighbors). As he suggests, more evidence was needed at the start, at a time when “The noise models and wind experts in the Falmouth projects did their marketing well.  They painted a rosy picture that we all bought.” Now the facts are there–ill health and lowered quality of life.

 The [turbine options] report will soon be in front of Selectmen. Falmouth has done itself a disservice by making a health problem a political issue. The Falmouth Board of Health needs to wrestle the problem away from Selectmen and back into the arena it belongs — Health.

Sean Teehan’s report Falmouth wind study coming to a head in Cape Cod Online shows that even at the end of the consensus-building process, data continues to be based on modeling and continues to produce unreliable or debatable information.
Frustration about being heard in a Selectman’s meeting on January 8th was the force behind an incident also reported by Sean Teehan, “‘Boisterous’ resident escorted from Falmouth meeting (1/9/13). Malcolm Donald was escorted from the meeting when the board chairman refused to recognize Donald after a controversial vote was taken.  He noted that directly before the reappointment vote, the selectmen spent ample time discussing the town’s accepting a new donated bike rack.

January 09, 2013

FALMOUTH — A Falmouth selectmen’s meeting came to a head Monday night when the board chairman asked police to escort a resident out of the room.

When the selectmen voted to ratify Town Manager Julian Suso’s reappointment of Frank Duffy as town counsel without public discussion, Malcolm Donald, 60, took issue.

“Alternatives to the single town counsel exist,” Donald said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I thought it would be appropriate for the public to weigh in on it.”

After the board took the vote, Donald approached the lectern, insisting the board allow him to speak.

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