The Invenergy setback is five times the distance Hansbraugh was standing at as he spoke.
“There are some older designs that 10 years ago were maybe a little noisier,” he said. “But it still wouldn’t go over the 40 decibel range. We’d still be able to hold a conversation here, at the base of the tower or even at the top of the tower.”
Forty decibels, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is comparable to a quiet room or moderate rainfall.
Michael Creech, who lives in the area of Hope in western Vermilion County, spoke at the February committee meeting regarding the effects of noise and shadow flicker at his home.
Creech did not return phone messages left at his residence.
At the meeting, Creech told board members he could hear the sounds of the wind turbines — described as being from some distance away.
Also at that meeting, Pilot Township Road Commissioner Roy Knight said there is a group of people living in the Invenergy LLC wind farm who support the change. Knight also could not be reached for comment.
Kim Cambron and her husband, Darrell, have been opponents of wind turbines in Vermilion County for the last few years. She said people are, overall, unwilling to speak out about the wind turbine issue.
“A lot of times when you have individual families living in these turbine complexes, they have no hope,” she said. “They figure it’s here, there’s nothing I can do and they’re not going to take these things down.”
Cambron said she has been encouraging people to get out and speak about the issue, but contends some are “skittish” about attempting public speaking. In addition, the debate on wind turbines has been polarizing in some aspects.
“This has pitted neighbor against neighbor and family against family,” she said.