Sally Seamons, another neighbor, also signed a blade. “I’m only going to see the beauty of it. I love anything that moves,” she said.
In this cash-strapped city, where water rates are among the highest in the nation and proposed capital improvement projects top over $200 million, the idea of saving around $11 million over the next 25 years by buying discounted energy has been widely endorsed.
“It had to make financial sense for the city and clearly it does,” said Kirk, who plans to propose using the savings to help fund a new joint police and fire station that could cost between $10 and $15 million.
She also said the turbines represent the city’s desire to protect the environment. Gloucester has been designated as one of the state’s Green Communities, and is in the process of trying to fill up much of its long-vacant harborfront lots with new maritime businesses, that would include everyone from ocean researchers and scientists to “green” boatbuilders.
McGeary also believes the turbines will project an image of a city poised to welcome environmentally friendly new businesses.”
We are trying to become a leader in marine biology and marine biotechnology, and you need to have a certain image about being a cutting-edge place, being a place where we’re willing to experiment, being a place where new things are tried and implemented and not just talked about,” he said.