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North Kingstown Gets a New Landmark

North Kingstown's Eiffel Tower just arrived and it is 413 feet tall!

If you haven't seen it yet you are in for a surprise. It's 413 feet tall and has it's own blinking red light and it is planted firmly in a residential neighborhood. Wow! Who would have thought that our town would have allowed this to happen. What is next?

Okay, so the people in the neighborhood signed off to allow this to happen to them, God only knows what they were thinking. For this they might get $150 a month to help pay for their electric bill. What happens if this thing fails like the one in Portsmouth and the developer can't afford to fix it or take it down. I hope that there is a plan in place so that the taxpayers won't have to pay this bill.

Personally, I like the idea of using the wind to help reduce the emissions of toxic fumes and carbon dioxide but I don't see why we need this in a highly residential area. The town should have done a better job of managing where, if at all, a giant wind turbine could be built.  It would not work at Quonset because of the airport  It might just be that there isn't a place in town that a turbine should be.

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Scott Madison October 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Any reason additional comments in this thread were deleted ?
We R NK October 25, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hopefully they take school committee members, TC candidates and SD administration as well! Although I don't think they will pass the BCI!!
Lori Grayson October 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I finally saw it near Walmart and the Train Station!~ It wasn't moving but it looks so intrusive...right smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. Should be removed.
Scott Madison October 25, 2012 at 03:56 PM
There was a strong effort by community residents who attended Planning Commission and Town Council Meetings voicing strong opposition to this turbine and one that was going to be constructed at Stamp Farm. There were signs and even a website providing information on these turbines (www.noreswindnk.com). The TC, PC, and Town Planner pulled the application for the Stamp Farm turbine due to the developer changing the turbine type/model etc.. but the NK Green turbine was allowed to stay during a window of opportunity given by the town, even though there are many unanswered questions with it. It was fairly obvious there there was some backroom dealings that the developer had with the town, who now has a moratorium on turbines (ironic, isn't it?). As a community, we must be on top of the town officials who could always lift this moratorium and the state still has not come out with guidelines. Only more reason to vote out the current members of the Town Council and make sure independent thinkers are on the council, people who will listen to the residents of this town.
Govstench October 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
While this turbine does alter the landscape, it has a "life" of approximately 20 years, depending on how well it is maintained. Is it worth the investment? No....at best, it is only 35% efficient and is soley dependent on what kind of energy contract he gets from NGrid. While this thing is not in the proper location, the residents are stuck with it because their leaders did not have ordinances on the books to regulate their placement. Of course, the Stamp Farm situation brought on regulations but it was already too late for this machine. Lessons learned by all.

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