Ocean Gate Mayor Orders Wind Turbines Shut Down During Night Hours

Voluntary measure to comply with Ocean County Health Department probe, mayor says


Wind turbines on Averne Avenue in Ocean Gate will be shut off between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., pending a further Ocean County Health Department investigation, Mayor Paul J. Kennedy said.

The health department notified borough officials on March 12 that a noise level recording done on site showed that noise levels violated acceptable decibel levels, said health department spokesperson Leslie Terjesen.

"We're working closely with Ocean Gate officials on this," she said.

Terjesen said the health department had received several complaints from residents about noise from the turbines during night hours.

The acceptable residential decibel at night is 50, but the New Jersey Administrative Code requires that the dBA - the decible level audible to the human ear - must also be measured, she said.

Kennedy said the violation was deemed "minor."

"The borough has continually pledged to fully cooperate in the OCHD investigation," Kennedy said. "The borough continues to evaluate and study the wind turbine in order to make any improvements that may maximize the efficiency and benefits of its operation including the reduction of any noise produced in conjunction therewith."

The borough sent a written response and information request to the OCHD requesting additional data and details regarding the investigation and the readings obtained, Kennedy said.

Kennedy said he agreed to a voluntary shutdown of the turbines during night hours on the advice of Borough Attorney James J. Gluck.

Gluck said today the borough is still trying to get details about when the latest testing was done and which state code the health department was using.

Another state statute does not allow municipalities to set decibel limits on wind turbines under 55 decibels, Gluck said.

"We're trying to get the information from the health department," he said. "We don't have any details as yet. I advised the mayor to look into doing a voluntary shutdown."

Both of the turbines were built with federal loans and grants and supported by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities, he said.

The first turbine went online in late 2009. The second turbine "has some issues with its operation" and is not online, Gluck said.


Any questions regarding the wind turbine should be submitted in writing to  James J. Gluck, Esq., 217 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey 08753.  Phone (732) 505-4800, Facsimile (732) 505-4813, E-mail jgluck@gluck-allen.com

skizma July 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM
No air here, open windows only. and the turbine is not a problem. i know the homes mentioned herein and they have window and house air conditioning for years, years prior to the turbine. Nasty. no. emphatic, yes. sorry you don't agree. that's all. disagreeing is the the definition of nasty. common..... the turbine noise.... it's minor and minimal. health affects. none. and that's that. It's just unfortunately an opinion the same as yours. that's it.....good luck.
skizma July 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Seizures.....I don't think so. Guess you are home all day and you are constantly affected by the light flicker? But, unfortunately, the light flicker is very very brief. we get the light flicker too. short lived, not long at all as the sun moves along and it goes away. very very limited, brief time of the day that happens. and only when the sun is low, during the fall or winter. Not in the summer for sure. Just asked if anyone has seen it recently and they just don't. Again,it's another opinion that is not bothered by it. Does it make me wrong? Nope. there is another view and I am very close and see your flicker and hear the sound, however it is not life altering and will not cause any seizures here. nahhh.....nope. Other's can make the same statements you do and state it is not any problem whatsoever, windows WiDE OPEN all the time, except winter....lol.......yup. sorry I just can't say it's a problem when it's not. Now, being stated I'm 'nasty' that's a problem....no, not really. jk
skizma July 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
hahaha berkeley lifer, that wind turbine was coool....everyone came to look at it and thought wow, what a great idea. sorry......no eye sore. it was small and fit right into the area. and the garbage privatization was a great idea. why it was even put to vote was unnecessary. too many folks were personal about it. Oh, he's my friend and he'll be let go. nope. everyone was offered a job with the new company and with no loss of anything. except they had to collect and work the full 5 days. thus they didn't want it. OG should have cut loose and gotten robo cans and if you really care, that would save all the trash men. think about it, go ahead and lift YOUR trash can 2,000 in a day to empty cans around town. dumb. move on....no one should be doing that job any longer that there is a great, working alternative. I really do care about those guys. get a robo can. save a man.
Chris July 29, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Our questions are not just complaints; they are legitimate arguments against the wind turbines not operating under the legal noise limit. If they were just complaints we would not have a violation from the OCHD. Laws are created to protect people. We are asking the Borough to comply with the law. I agree with you the water tower and cell phone tower are not pleasant to look at. However, the water tower was there when I bought the house, in addition neither that nor the cell phone tower produce any noise. I can close my eyes at night, I can't close my ears. And why should anyone have to? You admit there is a light flicker during certain times of the day. Are you suggesting I stay away from my home during those times so I do not have to deal with that? I guess if the noise at night bothers me, I should go stay at a hotel so I can sleep on windy nights. I do not think that snide suggestion is fair to make. I should be able to enjoy my home anytime I want. It is not my right? I am not sure why you are ANGRIER than your fellow tax payers, who are sleepless due to the town's poor planned decision making. It seems you don't feel impacted, and if that is the case, I am happy for you, I wish I could say the same for myself. It is just sad that you think so little of your neighbors. I am sure you have never said hello to me on the street, but you can take the time to trash all those standing up for themselves. Does that seem positive to you? -Chris Ditzel
Chris July 29, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Skizma - Not sure if you changed your mind recenlty, but I am just curious as to your post from March 15, 2012. Seems when you wrote this post you did not think windturbines being so close to homes was a good idea. At 6:16 am on Thursday, March 15, 2012 Skizma posted the following: This only makes you wonder - all the solar at CR HS - is that really worth it? With all these types of alternate energy, you need a back up plan too. That is why it's called alternate...not your source of energy. Nothing wrong with the turbine anyway. Good idea, easy and quiet. Just don't put it really close to homes as was done in OG. They need more space from the residents. Berkeley has that......


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