COMMUNITY OF GREENWICH GATHERS FOR ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND WIND TURBINE UPDATE
Over 70 members of the Greenwich Community joined together last Saturday for fun, fellowship and to get an update on the proposed wind turbine development proposed in Greenwich. (The case is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board, #13-990-EL-BGN.) The Ice Cream Social was hosted by Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) and was held at the Coon Hunter’s Club.
Jane Hicks, life-long resident of Greenwich, welcomed everyone to the Club and talked about her concern about how the wind turbines would negatively impact the campground if erected. The current proposal would have turbines placed directly behind the campsite and ruin the beautiful landscape and picturesque sunsets. The campers would be exposed to the effects of flicker from the turbines rather than seeing a beautiful sunset that they now enjoy.
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of GNU, provided an update on the activity regarding wind energy at the Statehouse and the status of the proposed Greenwich Wind Park. Following the brief presentations, there was a raffle to help raise funds for the continued legal battle that GNU has been engaged in to stop the turbines from being developed and harming the community. The raffle winners included: Linda Teglovic, Greenwich, hind quarter beef; Laura Rule, Bucyrus, ½ pig; Mark Lamoreaux, Greenwich and Mary Jane Groh, Vermillion, each won 5 free range chickens.
Ledet said, “The kids played corn hole and hillbilly golf, as the adults talked about the weather and impact on the crops, and everyone enjoyed the ice cream with all the toppings. However, the main topic was what would happen to our community if these turbines are developed.” He said that there is a lot of concern about the harmful health effects on humans, the reduction in property values, the impact on birds and bats and the dramatic changes to the peaceful and tranquil community of Greenwich. (The proposed wind development will have 25 turbines, each 490.5 feet tall with rotor diameters of up to 383 feet, and covering 4,650 acres of land.) Ledet added, “We won’t give up the fight. Our community cares too much about each other and our land to stop now.”
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United