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Crisfield Announces Wind Turbine Project

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CRISFIELD, Md.- The city of Crisfield announced plans to break ground on a 300-foot wind turbine that would offset costs of the city's wastewater treatment facility.

According to Mayor Percy Purnell, the turbine will save the city between $20,000 and $25,000 per month. He said the money saved can go towards other city projects. Also, while it probably won't affect water and sewer bills soon.

"Part of it might be it'll prevent customers water and sewer bills from going higher then what they are right now," Purnell said.

One problem the turbine might face however is Maryland House Bill 1168. If passed, the bill would halt construction on wind turbines that are too tall and would potentially interrupt the radar system at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. However, Purnell said as of now, the city's turbine meets height requirements and is cleared to build. If that changes, construction on all Somerset County wind turbines would be postponed until summer of 2015.

Crisfield resident Kristina Arndt is looking forward to the turbine being built.

"Going green would be great," she said. "Just anything with alternative sources of energy would be great because that would ultimately save people money."

But not everyone is sold. David Marquis owns the Blue Crab Cafe across the street from the water treatment site and besides being worried about noise and vibrations, he said he is also concerned about the long term effects.

"I don't think the city is prepared to in the long run support and maintain the wind turbine and I don't think it has the means and the money to do so," he explained. "If this was such a great thing other counties, other places would do it."

Purnell said the turbine is a big deal for the city, especially in its effort to go green and save money. The windmill is set to begin construction this fall.

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