As you drive down Shelburne Road in Burlington do you notice the turbine on top of the Spot restaurant?
"This model is designed to capture speed at 2 mph wind speed," owner Russ Scully explained.
It's the turbine-- more specifically the wings on it-- that are ruffling feathers at Burlington's Planning and Zoning Department.
"They were permitted by the city in August to put a turbine in that location. They didn't install it the way it was approved," said David White, the director of Burlington Planning and Zoning.
"When they shipped us the initial prototype it didn't have wings or a fin on the side of it," Scully said.
Honeywell, which made the turbine, added the wings as a performance modification.
"When they attached the fins the board felt it had a much more great impact," White said.
"If we take the fins off we capture less power," Scully said. "So we want to leave them on to capture as much energy as we can, given all the money and effort that was spent."
So what's the happy medium? The Spot is going to pick out different shades of gray and blue to paint the wings and Planning and Zoning will have the final say.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Do you think it's all getting a little silly?
Russ Scully: I think since this issue has come up I've been a lightning rod for planning and zoning horror stories.
The one-time gas station is from 1964 and considered a historic landmark in Burlington. Planning and Zoning wants to keep it that way. They also don't want to distract drivers.
"That exaggerated modern canopy is a feature and the board is looking to not detract from that feature of the building," White explained.
"I'm just interested in coming up with a good compromise where everyone wins or gets as much as what they want to accomplish done," Scully said.
Although the Spot isn't sure how much power they get from the turbine, they say it's important to help with the environmental impact. The Spot hopes to submit colors to the Planning and Zoning Board in the next two weeks.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:16:19 GMT
Jeremy Dodge doesn't want to leave his childhood home in East Montpelier. But his days on Foster Road are numbered. "It's my homestead," he said. "You know, I planned on dying here." That plan changedMore >>
A Vt. man about to lose his property at a tax sale sold it to Gov. Peter Shumlin, but now claims the state's leader took advantage of him. The governor says the allegations are misleading and he offered his neighbor a fair price.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:21:11 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Vermont case about limiting search warrants in an attempt to protect privacy. The Chittenden County prosecutor's office and the Vermont attorney general appealedMore >>
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Vermont case about limiting search warrants in an attempt to protect privacy.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:21:29 GMT
At this shop in the picturesque town of Woodstock, and for those who work in 140 pharmacies scattered throughout Vermont, the workload is about to increase. New requirements are set to take effect, mostMore >>
Lawmakers prescribed a host of changes to combat Vermont's growing problem with hard drugs. The safety measures will now mean longer wait times at the pharmacy.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:45:46 GMT
Sheriffs say a body found floating in the waters off the Florida Keys is that of a Vermonter. The Monroe County Sheriff's office says early Sunday morning, two people fishing off a bridge reported seeingMore >>
Sheriffs say a body found floating in the waters off the Florida Keys is that of a Vermonter.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:24:48 GMT
Vermont denied a license for a new health insurance company. The Vermont Health Co-op opened for business last fall. The nonprofit company was created to take part in the new health care exchange underMore >>
Vermont has denied a license for a new health insurance company.More >>