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Jul 6, 2010 4:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Wind blows hot, cold over farm wind turbine

Jul 6, 2010 4:50 PM

“The town operates a facility that causes flying windmills to go over my house at 80-plus miles per hour. It would be intellectually dishonest to not approve alternative energy,” he said.

Former Town Board member Debra Foster said that she was worried about the visual impact of the tower.

“I know Steve Mahoney. He’s a good guy and he wants to do this for the right reasons,” she said, adding that 60 percent of the property along Long Lane was “purchased by the town, which is taxing itself. It preserved farmland for scenic views.”

She said that the tower would be three times higher than a cell phone tower nearby and would be about the height of a 12-story building.

“It’s going to have an impact. Weigh that against the pluses and it’s a tough choice,” she said.

Town Board member Theresa Quigley reminded Ms. Foster that Mr. Mahoney’s farm is not publicly owned.

“You could consider the EECO Farm an eyesore,” she said. “It’s a matter of discretion ... I frankly don’t think ugly or pretty is a relevant consideration.”

Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said that he was in favor of the project.

Town Board member Pete Hammerle asked Mr. Halsey for more scientific data on the noise impact on neighbors.

“My voice is louder than an airplane depending on where you are. Once it’s up, I can’t take it down if the neighborhood is adversely impacted by a low hum,” he said. “If this is going to be the first one, let’s get it right. I don’t want to do it based on the emotions of people who love wind turbines.”

The board closed the public hearing but took no action on the application.

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I'm absolutely appalled at the people that are against this. Together we ALL need to look towards more energy saving ways. Are you people too freaking selfish to care about your children's future?

In addition, it's Mahoney's property, he pays taxes on it. He should be able to put what he want's on it.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Jul 6, 10 4:27 PM
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Waaah my view! My property values! Waaaaaah!
By omghi (20), EH on Jul 6, 10 4:51 PM
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Wind turbines of the type under discussion are not that great in inhabited areas, as the noise is , in fact, an issue. As is their penchant to wack birds and bats. Not exactly "enviornmentally sound". In the desert far from homes, fine. As we are subject to many days in most growing seasons of becalming conditions, especially in August, how will rhe energy be stored for necessary use when the firlds need watering and there is no wind?

I would rather see solar cell panels with deep cycle ...more
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Jul 9, 10 4:38 PM
Solar cells and batteries would definitely be more in order with the character of the area, and I'm quite sure would incite less dissent.

There's a nanotech outfit who produces them not only paper thin as we speak, but on average almost a THIRD more efficient than older, conventional photovoltaics.

It would be nice to see advanced solar power being utilized...
By Mr. Z (11696), North Sea on Jul 10, 10 12:29 PM
It's his property, so technically it's his view! As for the people driving by.... keep your eyes on the flippin road fools.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 15, 10 5:55 PM
Too bad for the birds, they will learn eventually, bats use sonar so I doubt they will be crashing into the turbine.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 15, 10 5:57 PM
Its great to see a healthy discussion about small scale wind - This is Pradeep by the way - I work with the company that actually put up the large 100kW wind turbine in Laurel off of Route 25 that is mentioned in the article. You can learn more about wind at our weekly "Living by Example" tour http://e2sys.com/tour.html
By windguy_pradeep (1), Mattituck on Sep 13, 10 4:30 PM