St. Albans Messenger Letter to the Editor, May 11, 2017
ST. ALBANS —“Two local businesspeople are seeking to build a new marina at St. Albans Bay”.
SWANTON–Two local businesspeople are seeking to build an industrial wind turbine project on Rocky Ridge.
ST ALBANS—“The applicants, Charles “Chuck” Lowe and Rene Boissoneault of St. Albans Bay Lake Homes LLC, are requesting conditional use and site plan approval for a 154-berth marina on Georgia Shore Road”.
SWANTON– The applicants, Travis and Ashley Belisle of Swanton Wind LLC are requesting a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) from the Public Service Board (PSB) for seven 499 foot turbines on Rocky Ridge Road.
ST ALBANS—“The (marina) proposal went before the town’s Development Review Board (DRB) Thursday night (Oct 13, 2016) with area landowners expressing comments and concerns”.
SWANTON– The wind turbine proposal is presently before the Public Service Board (PSB) with area home owners expressing comments and concerns in Montpelier on Thursday night (May 4th).
ST ALBANS—“Lowe spoke with his neighbors who expressed interest”.
SWANTON– Belisle spoke with his neighbors who expressed disinterest.
ST ALBANS–“There’s a huge community here and I think we would draw people from all the surrounding towns” SWANTON– There’s a huge community here and I think you have drawn the ire of all the surrounding towns.
ST ALBANS– “He added that Lowe spoke with his neighbors who expressed interest in being able to use….”
SWANTON– Neighbors on
Rocky Ridge and Fairfield Pond expressed interest in being able to use their property in a peaceful manner without excessive noise and infrasound.
ST ALBANS–“We’ve lived here for 16 years and we own a considerable amount of property in this area,” Lowe said, “and our concern is to see our properties at least stay in the same or more importantly, increase in value.”
SWANTON—We’ve lived here for many years and owe money on our property and our concern is to see our properties at least stay in the same or more importantly, increase in value rather than depreciate because of the proposed turbines.
Attorney Anthony Iarrapino spoke at the PSB hearing in Montpelier on May 4th. He tried to recuse himself from his comments by saying he was not being paid for this expression of his opinion. His quick departure confirmed the fact that he was not on the clock. Mr. Iarrapino used the acronym NIMBY in his comments and I believe he was referring to himself as he once worked for the Conservation Law Foundation as Lake Champlain’s water protection person. Now he is advocating for the clear cutting of 42 acres in the Lake Champlain watershed. Yes, Mr. Iarrapino you are a NIMBY (Nothing Involving Money Bothers You).
And Mr. Lowe; the mental health, physical health and financial health of the residents of Rocky Ridge and Fairfield Pond are as important to protect as your property values and Governor Scott is doing that.
You sure know a lot about the developer’s side of the Swanton Wind Project Mr. Lowe. Has Mr. Iarrapino been writing your letters?
Attorney Anthony Iarrapino represents both Charles Lowe and the Belisles.