To the editor:
I am writing this letter to all the citizens of the Town of Burke. I was born and raised in this town and have spent almost all of my adult life here. My wife, Shirley, and I have been married 55 years and we feel very fortunate to have raised our three children in Burke.
Late last winter, I was informed that a foreign wind developer had approached our town and had started signing leases with some of our landowners. I then learned that these turbines were behemoths that extended some 700-plus feet above ground level.
As the new year progressed, I attended several board meetings and it became apparent that the board was going to acquiesce to the developers and amend our present wind law. At one meeting, when I asked the supervisor what precipitated their reason to raise the maximum height to 725 feet, I was told new technology. I was also told that the Town Board had not been approached by a wind developer. But in fact, one member of the Town Board signed a lease with the wind developer on Feb. 27, 2019, and it was recorded in Franklin county Clerk’s Office on March 15, 2019.
It is well documented that wind turbines as they turn through the wind because of friction, the blades cause air turbulence. This turbidity produces both audible and inaudible sound waves. The inaudible sound waves have been proven worldwide to cause human health problems. When these sound waves enter a hollow cavity such as a human chest, these vibrations can affect internal organs. Also as landowners in our neighboring towns have discovered, if your house is near a wind turbine, its value is lowered and it becomes very hard to sell.
After attending several Town Board meetings this year, in my opinion the members should face the public, talk to citizens directly to open better communications. Elected officials should always be working for all their constituents.
Also, we now have a Town Board in which two members have signed wind turbine contracts. Therefore we now only have three members that are making all the decisions on the is very contentious issue. This is not how a town government is supposed to function.
In conclusion, we now have two well-educated retired teachers that are willing to offer their talents for the betterment of our town. It is definitely time that Burke has female members on the board.
On Election Day, Nov. 5, I respectfully ask for your vote and also your support for our female candidates.