2012.07.18 Anna Frame: Bothered by Fayette's wind turbine

Written by David Green. Posted in Letters

An editorial in last week’s Observer suggested that Seneca Township residents should visit a wind farm in order to make an informed vote on the ordinance referendum. It also suggested going beyond Fayette’s school turbine and visiting a really large one.

That’s not necessary, says Anna Frame who lives on Gregory Street in Fayette—the closest road to the west of the turbine.

“It’s a pain in the neck,” she said in a telephone call last week. “This is no way to live.”

The turbine isn’t noisy every day, she said, but when it is, it’s very annoying and brings an end to the simple joy of sitting outside in her yard. There are many times when the wind comes up in the night and the turbine awakens her and her husband—and he’s hard of hearing.

She said the shadow flicker is very bad in her house, but even when the sun isn’t in the right position to cause that, there’s often a reflection from the blades and that means closing the blinds.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a cave,” she said.

She said that in the winter, ice is often thrown from the blades.

Anna said she read in the Observer about the stress Fayette’s superintendent Russ Griggs was feeling when the turbine wasn’t functioning.

“If you want stress,” she said, “come and sit in my living room.”

She said Seneca Township residents should feel fortunate that they have the opportunity to vote on an ordinance because in Fayette no one was asked.

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