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Gillespie County drops bid for power to regulate wind turbines

Predicting that a debate among constituents on property rights versus preserving Gillespie County's scenic beauty would be non-productive, county commissioners are ditching their quest for legislation to let them decide whether wind turbines could be erected here.

Frederickburg -- Predicting that a debate among constituents on property rights versus preserving Gillespie County's scenic beauty would be non-productive, county commissioners are ditching their quest for legislation to let them decide whether wind turbines could be erected here.

Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, filed a bill to give the county that authority, but put it on hold after some complained it would infringe on their right to lease land to turbine operators.

He asked County Judge Mark Stroeher to hold a public meeting to see if a consensus could be found.

Stroeher instead told Fraser to scrap the legislative effort, saying this week that holding such a meeting would only further divide the community.

Frederickburg -- Predicting that a debate among constituents on property rights versus preserving Gillespie County's scenic beauty would be non-productive, county commissioners are ditching their quest for legislation to let them decide whether wind turbines could be erected here.

Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, filed a bill to give the county that authority, but put it on hold after some complained it would infringe on their right to lease land to turbine operators.

He asked County Judge Mark Stroeher to hold a public meeting to see if a consensus could be found.

Stroeher instead told Fraser to scrap the legislative effort, saying this week that holding such a meeting would only further divide the community.


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MAY 1 2009
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