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Huntington Notebook: Town Mulls Moratorium on Wind Turbine Permits

News and notes from the Town of Huntington.

The Huntington Town Board will consider a 90-day moratorium on issuing permits for wind turbines at a Feb. 5 public hearing. The hearing will allow time for the Town to craft regulations regarding zoning, use, location, size, height, noise and safety requirements.

Sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the resolution calling for the hearing establishes a procedure similar to the one followed on 2011, when the Town enacted major revisions to the Town Code affecting cellular telephone towers.

Currently, the Town has no regulations specifically pertaining to wind turbines. However, with the wind turbine industry experiencing rapid growth, and with applications for turbines pending or anticipated, the Board saw the need to explore whether procedures specific to wind turbines should be included in the Town Code. The moratorium holds existing applications in abeyance allows while the Board considers the issue.            

In other action, the Board:

-- approved execution of a contract not to exceed $111,900 with Amma Construction for the reconstruction of a bulkhead at Sea Spray Drive in Centerport. The Town’s drainage system collects runoff from Sea Spray Drive and outfalls to Northport Harbor through a pipe and headwall system that, after more than 40 years of use, has collapsed, causing erosion to the shoreline.  This project will address damage caused by the collapsed headwall. 

-- authorized a compensation agreement for Randy J. Schaeffer, whom District Court Judge C. Stephen Hackeling appointed as temporary receiver for the property at 8 Judith Drive, Greenlawn, easing the cleanup of conditions that prompted the Town to place the property on the blighted properties list.

-- scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 5 to reconsider an application to allow construction of a three-bay service station at 114 Prime Avenue, Huntington, located in the Mill Lane Historic District. The Town Board denied the application last year, but was ordered by a State Supreme Court justice to reconsider the application after the Town’s action was challenged in court.

-- approved the 2013 Public Art Plan, outlining ongoing and proposed projects to be advanced this year.

Coming Up

The Zoning Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Town Hall. PDF agenda attached.

John January 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Please do allow homeowners in the town the opportunity to generate some of their own electricity. Small wind turbines are less expensive than solar systems, and include rebates similar to solar systems. I do agree, though, that noise considerations need to be thoroughly discussed - suburban properties in general are very close together, and all manner of noise ordinances are therefore important in order for neighbors to have their right to quiet respected, whether it's noise from barking dogs, outdoor stereos, or even wind turbines. There are quiet ones on the market, such as the Swift model, which attaches to the roof rather than a free-standing pole, and is as attractive as a traditional "weathervane." See it here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10075828-54.html
Ranger Sewer January 14, 2013 at 01:23 PM
This is in the right direction. Wind is the future.
Ranger Sewer January 14, 2013 at 01:27 PM
That one cost 10G's. I paid alot less then that and sell the power. A Combo of wind and solar is the way to go.
Robert W January 14, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Don't worry once they figure out how to tax it , it will be option!
John Dornheim January 14, 2013 at 06:32 PM
The Town Council always acts as though they are technological pioneers and that no one else, anywhere else, has had to deal with these scenarios. The last thing that concerns them is the needs of all of the citizens. Whether it be cell towers (desperately needed in the TOH) or wind turbines, we can trust that the council will make the wrong decision.
John January 15, 2013 at 04:59 AM
I share your concerns. That's why wind turbines on smaller properties that are closer together, such as under an acre, shouldn't be mounted on poles; larger models are also louder. What I'm suggesting are quiet, roof-mounted turbines. Take a quick peek at the hyperlink in my first post above - this turbine is at least as attractive as some of the rooftop cupolas with weathervanes that I've seen around town.

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