Fear is that project could negatively impact Cherry Point

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM.

The resolution points out that the Marine Corps has lost about 85 percent of flight training airspace in Eastern North Carolina, and that the windmills would only add to encroachment issues that could threaten the bases in any potential Base Realignment and Closure process.

Among other things, the resolution calls for stricter permitting and public input processes for wind and solar energy projects and for General Assembly "to pass state legislation blocking all encroachment or impairments to military training routes."

Mayor Jimmy Sanders said state legislators needed to know the conflict between wind energy projects and the state’s important military airspace.

"That’s the whole purpose so that this becomes a well-known issue at the state level and at each time, before it was to be approved, that it would have to justify that it was not detrimental to the military airspace," Sanders said.

In other business Monday night, the board:

- expressed interest in going forward with a short-term lease agreement to rent the old Fleet Reserve building on Webb Boulevard, now city owned, to Victory Chapel. The church plans to use the facility for a teen support program and has started an application for a conditional-use permit with the city planning department. A second prospective lessee declined to move forward with plans to use the building.

- heard from City Manager Jim Freeman that a transfer of the assets of the Havelock Historical Preservation Society had been recorded as of Oct. 1. Freeman said that an inventory of the artifacts previously held by the society at the old Trader Store had begun and that locks on that building and the adjacent historic train depot had been changed.

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