S. Indiana man wants to install windmill in backyard, neighbors upset - WDRB 41 Louisville News

S. Indiana man wants to install windmill in backyard, neighbors upset

Steve Stumler wants to show off his "green" pride to his neighbors.  Trouble is, his neighbors don't want to see it.  Stumler is the owner of Grantline Nursery and board member of the Clark County REMC.

As a member of the Southern Indiana Electric Cooperative, Stumler is a proponent of "green energy" and wants to to install a 120 ft. tall windmill in his backyard along Skyline Road in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.  He claims the windmill would reduce his energy consumption.

"It's the wave of the future.  It's something that needs to be done," said Steve Stumler. "Coal has got a lot of sulfur in it.  We don't want nuclear plants, so we need to come up with other options."

He says he has the board's support.  He once placed the windmill at his old house and claims it cut down on his energy consumption.  But before he can erect this windmill, he will have to get the approval of the Floyd County Zoning Commission.

"I can't see where there could be a whole lot of opposition for it.  You would hear a little bit of noise from the blades turning, but you don't even notice it," said Stumler.

Stumler's neighbors contend it would devalue their property.

"I have concern about the aesthetics certainly.  I think the aesthetics are a huge issue.  But also the noise that it could cause," said Tony McEwen, a neighbor.

"If we slapped up something that affected his property, I could understand him being concerned about it and I would respect his opinion.  So I am just asking for the same respect," said Ruth Schaffer, a neighbor.

Stumler argues he doesn't think his windmill would be a distraction, given that the area already plays host to a handful of television transmission towers.

"There are television towers on adjoining property but that's not property where there are homes and houses," said McEwen.

The adjacent development, The Ochards of Moser Knobs, has 53 lots.  Of those, all but 18 have been sold.  Some of the current homeowners fear a windmill could also affect future home buyers.

The Floyd County Zoning Commission will hold its meeting next week to vote on this measure.  That meeting will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at the City-County building in New Albany.

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