Kingston: Health board sets April 1 turbine hearing

The Kingston Board of Health posted a meeting notice for Monday night. It read: “Turbine Flicker.” A group of residents affected by flicker from the town’s four turbines arrived at the meeting not knowing what to expect. Board members appeared not to know what to expect, either.

During the board’s last meeting, February 21, it voted to hold a public hearing on regulating flicker from the town’s four wind turbines March 18. Member Bill Watson initiated the idea. When Watson arrived at the March 11 meeting, seeing no posting for a March 18 public hearing, he said he was confused.

Board chairman Joe Casna said the board called for the public hearing too hastily. Staff did not have enough time to properly advertise it. Board member Dan Sapir called the process “ass-backwards,” saying the board had not yet formulated a proposed regulation for the public to comment on. A majority of the board wanted to post a hearing.

Casna suggested the first Monday in April and asked if anyone knew the date. Former selectman Paul Gallagher stood by the door of the over-crowded hearing room in front of a calendar. He turned to look at the date.

“That would be All Fools Day, Joe,” Gallagher said.

The board chose the date.

Neighbors of the turbines again demanded the board shut them down until the completion of testing which could commence sometime in the spring. They have made the demand beginning in October.

Resident Tim Dwyer located testing done before the erection of the turbines. It predicted the problems with noise and flicker the neighbors now experience. He told the board they had the scientific data they’ve waited for before taking action. No board member had a response.

Gallagher chastised the board for causing what he called a crisis in town through their inaction.

The turbine leaving South Korea in 2012

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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.