The Town Crier

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Voter for Wind tells the PSC, "Cape Vincent has several seasonal residents that are here for a short time each year during the summer".

The following letters were submitted to the New York State PSC as comments in the matter of rules and regulations of the Board on Electric Generation and Environment:

Comment from Beverly Grant

As a 63 year resident of Cape Vincent, my comments are to express my concerns for the people of Cape Vincent ¿ the year round residents/landowners and the economy of our small town.   Cape Vincent has several seasonal residents who are here for a short time each year during the warmer season.  During the winter months you find it hard to find a business open in Cape Vincent to serve the year round residents.  If there is a business open, it is only open a few days per week, most likely over the weekend.  

Cape Vincent is located on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  The community has long been promoted as a tourist area but in recent years we have seen declines in tourism because of the sluggish economy and most recently high gasoline prices.  All of the residents of Cape Vincent deserve to be able to have a comfortable life style and be able to support their families and meet their financial obligations.    

The economy of Cape Vincent needs this wind turbine project to provide employment and establish new businesses and maintain the businesses that we do have on a year round basis.     We need new families to move to Cape Vincent that have children that will maintain and support our school district.  

The year round residents and landowners deserve to have a thriving community ¿ to bring in new businesses, support our churches, schools, library and fire department.  We need new families to move to this area to support those establishments and volunteer in our fire department and ambulance squad.  Those two entities demand year round involvement and require several hours/days of training and dedication to the people of Cape Vincent.  

Cape Vincent needs this wind turbine project to provide funding to the landowners/contract holders and they in turn will spend that money in the community of Cape Vincent to pay their property taxes, school taxes, their utility, fuel, veterinary and other miscellaneous bills and support businesses, the fire department, school, churches, public library, etc.    Money from the wind company will also be provided to support these groups and other community projects and property taxes for all taxpayers will decrease.

The wind turbine project would utilize a free natural resource of this area and it is clean energy.  I believe we should use this resource for the benefit of all in the community. 

Thank you for this opportunity to comment.

Beverly Grant

Comment from Harvey White

Green Shirt wind leaseholder  Harvey White
assists Bp wind leaseholder and former planning
board chair, Richard Edsall as he brings in the
troopers to clear a
public meeting of "obnoxious" NIMBYs

In the matter of the rules & regulations of the board on electric generation siting and the environment, contained in 16NYCRR, chapter X certification of major electric facilities: I think it is about time for the state to take over the siting of wind projects in the present and near future because it has become such a controversial issue. Especially in the town of Cape Vincent and most of the North Country. People are not using common sense anymore. They feel"It's okay if you have windpower or atomic energy as long as it's not in my backyard." That is the NIMBY's battle cry. They are absolutely rude and obnoxious about it. They don't care what they say or do, as long as they get their way. They site unproven facts and any kind of dribble they can find on the internet to make windpower look bad. But anybody with any common sense knows we have to do something and do it now, not 10 years from now.

Thank you, Harvey White

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