Last week, I attended a Greater Cumberland Committee meeting and heard a presentation by David Friend of Laurel Renewable Partners on the Dan's Mountain Wind Farm Project. David appeared to be a nice guy who loves his job. However, with every word he spoke, I could hear my property value decline. Okay, so maybe I am exaggerating a bit. The Wind Farm is to be located atop Dan's Mountain, and I live in the foothills of that mountain range. We are far enough away (I hope) but as I drive down Route 220 and look up, it's hard to spot the cellphone towers atop the mountain. I am sure that won't be the case when it is populated with anywhere from 17 to 25 three-hundred foot towers with turbines and blades sitting on top of the mountain range. If I am not mistaken, the wind turbines will be south of the cellphone towers. (Fortunately for me, I am north of the cellphone towers).
The good news associated with the wind farm would be local construction, operations and ancillary jobs, road improvements, lease payments to land owners, $1 million in tax revenue annually and Allegany County requires a $150K bond for decommissioning, although the cost to decommission is around $25K. Now for the bad news...........THEY ARE EYESORES!!!! My guess is that this wind farm will become reality. How can the County pass up $1 million in annual tax revenues? Anyway, thanks for giving me the opportunity to vent.