Otis Decision in September
The Otis town meeting in August endorsed a $6.4 million turbine proposal by a vote of 82-13, according to Julie Ruth, reporting in the Berkshire Record. The 1.7 MW turbine “will rise 415 feet, approximately 40 stories high.”
Although the promise is that the turbine will make $85,000 to $100,000 in town expenses “disappear,” not all voters believed the message. One abuttor stated she felt she did not have enough information to vote for it. Another said,
“I came here prepared to vote yes if I heard something that was reassuring enough,” said another abutter who did not wish to be identified. “But I realized that without first having a test balloon to see where (the tower) would be–and if I can see it or not–I didn’t have enough information to feel confident that the quality of my life or the value of my property would not be negatively impacted.”
This map indicates properties that will be impacted by this industrial wind turbine (IWT). Concentric circles here indicate the location of the turbine and the potential wind neighbors.
The inner circle indicates minimum set-backs designated by a regional body on Cape Cod (10 times the diameter of the turbine rotor). The outer circle indicates the number of neighbors who would experience sleep disruption. This is according to the work of Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, Jeffery Aramini, and Christopher Hanning, who studied two wind project locations (Mars Hill and Vinalhaven, Maine). They concluded in Noise & Health that “the noise emissions of IWTs disturbed the sleep and caused daytime sleepiness and impaired mental health in residents living within 1.4 km [4,600 feet] of the two IWT installations studied.”
The town must vote again on September 8th for the Proposition 2 1/2 override needed for the project to go ahead.