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Burleigh County Commission needs comments on wind policy revisions

The Burleigh County Commission on Monday set a public hearing about a draft wind tower policy for townships using county zoning for 5:30 p.m. on April 5 at the City/County Building in Bismarck. The need for the wind energy policy became more immediate after Nextera Energy proposed to build a 66-tower wind farm across Ecklund and Crofte townships that is projected to generate 99 mega-watts of energy.

The Burleigh County Commission on Monday set a public hearing about a draft wind tower policy for townships using county zoning for 5:30 p.m. on April 5 at the City/County Building in Bismarck.

The need for the wind energy policy became more immediate after Nextera Energy proposed to build a 66-tower wind farm across Ecklund and Crofte townships that is projected to generate 99 mega-watts of energy.

Crofte Township has no wind tower policy; Ecklund Township has its own policy.

The Burleigh County Planning Commission recently revised the draft policy to reduce setbacks of non-participating property from one-half mile to 1,750 feet, raised noise limits from 35 decibels to 45 decibels, removed reverse setback requirements and eliminated river setbacks.

The county had the option of not holding another public hearing, but Commission Chairman Mark Armstrong reasoned that because there had been so many changes to the draft, people should give comments again.

In separate action, commissioners approved the final $1.225 million installment for the Municipal Industrial Development Act bond for the Streamline Foundation.

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The Burleigh County Commission on Monday set a public hearing about a draft wind tower policy for townships using county zoning for 5:30 p.m. on April 5 at the City/County Building in Bismarck.

The need for the wind energy policy became more immediate after Nextera Energy proposed to build a 66-tower wind farm across Ecklund and Crofte townships that is projected to generate 99 mega-watts of energy.

Crofte Township has no wind tower policy; Ecklund Township has its own policy.

The Burleigh County Planning Commission recently revised the draft policy to reduce setbacks of non-participating property from one-half mile to 1,750 feet, raised noise limits from 35 decibels to 45 decibels, removed reverse setback requirements and eliminated river setbacks.

The county had the option of not holding another public hearing, but Commission Chairman Mark Armstrong reasoned that because there had been so many changes to the draft, people should give comments again.

In separate action, commissioners approved the final $1.225 million installment for the Municipal Industrial Development Act bond for the Streamline Foundation.

Streamline Foundation is the non-profit that is financing the Bismarck State College Aquatics and Wellness Center. The Bismarck Park District will lease the facility for 25 years to repay the costs. The county commission previously authorized a $5.5 million MIDA bond in September of 2008 and $2.675 million in December of 2009.

Burleigh County Engineer Marcus Hall was permitted to draft a policy for Internet auctions of surplus equipment.

County Extension Agent Leroy Haadem announced that County Extension Agent of Economics June Kraft is retiring after 18 years. A public open house to honor her will be 4 to 6 p.m. March 29.

Commissioners agreed to advertise for her position.

They were informed, however, that the county's share of her replacement's salary will be raised from 36 percent to half. Word of salary change came from the North Dakota State University Extension Office in Fargo.


Source: http://www.bismarcktribune....

MAR 16 2010
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