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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-06-2019

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24 NORTH SMITHFIELD JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION was preparing to move her family to a new home. Several years ago, she and her parents, Albert and Paula Valliere, decided to move in together after her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and began shop- ping around for their forever home. They moved between a couple differ- ent houses before finding the property on Old Smithfield Road, immediately next door to the Pacheco farm. "It was quiet and serene and beauti- fully built," said Valliere. The property, which the family pur- chased for $925,000, includes 16 acres of land and an expansive outdoor space, a setup Valliere said was per- fect for her two children. The family, she said, was unaware a turbine was under consideration on the road until after they'd closed on the property in March, when Ruth Pacheco visited to welcome them to their new home. It was Pacheco who told them a turbine may be going up on the neighboring property, less than 1,000 feet from their home. "With my father being sick and everything, this house is perfect, and I wouldn't think you would have to look at if there's a wind turbine going up next to you," said Valliere. Since then, she's done extensive research on wind turbines around the state, contacting neighbors of the company's other wind turbines in Portsmouth, Johnston and Coventry. Residents in those communities com- plain of flickering shadows and a con- stant, vibrating noise impacting their health and keeping them up at night. She visited homes on the Johnston- Cranston line, where residents say they suffer from sleep deprivation as a result of seven turbines, all taller than the one planned for North Smithfield, constructed last year. "I was appalled. I couldn't believe how loud it is. It's like a jet engine running all the time," she said. Valliere, along with her neighbors, are fighting hard against the wind turbine, with signs opposing the pro- posal once again cropping up all over town. The debate has played out at public hearings in the middle school cafeteria, where Green Development has denied allegations their other tur- bines violate local noise ordinances and pointed out the shadows caused by the spinning blades will only affect homes for a small number of days during the year. Pacheco added that the neighborhood, though set back from the main road, is far from isolated from the noise of surround- ing development. From her farm, the sound of 18-wheelers passing on Route 146 and gunshots from a nearby shooting range are constant reminders of the growth of the sur- rounding area, which also borders Dowling Village and Route 99. "My neighbors say, what's in it for us? And I say, well, have you been here all my life taking care of this property? They don't understand," she said. The issue has split neighbors along property lines, with residents who grew up together and once exchanged produce from family farms now eye- ing each other across opposite sides of the middle school cafeteria. For the Pachecos, the turbine is about maintaining a family property that has existed for seven generations and, with the extra income, could remain in the family for generations to come. "There's something in this land that gets into your blood," explained Frye. "It's called roots," added Pacheco. Valliere, too, is trying to preserve a way of life for her family, and worries about the impact the turbine will have on her father's health. Her father, she said, suffers from seizures triggered by stress, and she worries her family will have to choose between their health and the home they had expected to remain in for years to come. Many of her neighbors have long histories on their properties, and her worst fear, she said, is that the effects of the tur- bine will be as bad as she's heard. "That the people that have owned property on this road, or their families have owned property on this road, or their kids are going to own property on this road, are going to suffer, and there's nothing anybody can do about it. We're all helpless," she said. The final decision on the turbine will be left to the town Zoning Board, which is expected to issue a decision in July. After several months of dis- cussion, both families said they're not sure what they'll do if the board votes in favor of the other side. Neither wants to sell their property, but for the losing side in this debate, the stable way of life they've embraced in the woods of Old Smithfield Road could be coming to an end. 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