On February 25, 2010 there was a meeting at the Prattsburg Town Hall to decide if the Town would fight Ecogen in court.  The decision was to fight.

On February 25, 2010 there was a meeting at the Prattsburg Town Hall to decide if the Town would fight Ecogen in court.  The decision was to fight.
Anyone who wanted had two minutes to speak to the Town Board.  Three of the people who spoke had a large impression on me.  First was Steve Trude from Cohocton.  Steve said his home is surrounded by wind turbines and the low level noise actually causes pain in his chest.  I’ve known Steve for going on 15 years and never known him to lie.  If he says this is so, I believe him.  For any who have doubts, they could go to Cohocton near Steve’s house, plunk a lawn chair by the side of the road and find out for themselves.
The next speaker was a lady whose name I didn’t know.  She said if the citizens in downtown Prattsburg faced an unpleasant situation, such as when people wanted to put poison down wells nearby, the people up in the hills would rally to help them.  This is something I also believe to be true.
The last speaker was also a lady whose name I didn’t know.  This lady said that Stacey Botoni’s vehicle had been vandalized and that threats had been made against Stacey and her children.  When the meeting ended I spoke with Stacey and told her how sorry I was that these things had occurred, especially in regards to her children.
Stacey said that her vehicle had indeed been vandalized and she could show me pictures of the damage.  She also said she had received “many threats” by telephone and through the mail against her and her children.  If Stacey says this is true then I believe her also.
No matter what anyone’s view about wind turbines in Prattsburg is, this kind of behavior is intolerable and must be stopped.  I would like to think this is the action of one misguided individual.  In any event, I urge my fellow members of Advocates for Prattsburg, as well as our neighbors in “the hills” to contact the Botoni family and let them know we do not condone this type of cowardly behavior.  Also, that if we learn who is responsible, we will contact the police.
There are many good and decent people on both sides of the turbine issue, people that my wife and I would be glad to have visit our home.  We would also be happy to call them “friend”.  However, what good is any of that if one of our neighboring families can’t live in peace and security in their own home.  There is too much bad feeling in our own town.  It is well past time for healing to begin.

Thomas M. Sullivan
Prattsburgh