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County denies wind farm appeal

Commissioners agreed Monday that Campbell was not an aggrieved party and therefore his appeal was not valid. "I tend to agree that he is not an aggrieved person," Commission Chairman Perry Henman said. "He doesn't have any property in the project."

An appeal of Hays Wind LLC's amended development plan was denied by Ellis County commissioners Monday.

Ellis County Joint Planning Commission member Keith Campbell filed the appeal last month after the planning commission approved the development plan on a 6-1 vote. Campbell was the lone dissenting vote.

Commissioners agreed Monday that Campbell was not an aggrieved party and therefore his appeal was not valid.

"I tend to agree that he is not an aggrieved person," Commission Chairman Perry Henman said. "He doesn't have any property in the project."

"I agree with that," Commissioner Glenn Diehl said.

An aggrieved person, according to a definition provided by Counselor Dennis Davidson, is one who would be denied a personal or property right or suffer from the imposition of a burden or obligation.

Campbell had appealed the planning commission decision in an attempt to allow the county commission to have a say in the changes in the development plan.

"I can't speak for the other two, but I don't think, even if we did, it would change the outcome," Henman said.

He said allowing the county commission a say in development plans could be a future zoning policy issue to be discussed.

In other business:

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An appeal of Hays Wind LLC's amended development plan was denied by Ellis County commissioners Monday.

Ellis County Joint Planning Commission member Keith Campbell filed the appeal last month after the planning commission approved the development plan on a 6-1 vote. Campbell was the lone dissenting vote.

Commissioners agreed Monday that Campbell was not an aggrieved party and therefore his appeal was not valid.

"I tend to agree that he is not an aggrieved person," Commission Chairman Perry Henman said. "He doesn't have any property in the project."

"I agree with that," Commissioner Glenn Diehl said.

An aggrieved person, according to a definition provided by Counselor Dennis Davidson, is one who would be denied a personal or property right or suffer from the imposition of a burden or obligation.

Campbell had appealed the planning commission decision in an attempt to allow the county commission to have a say in the changes in the development plan.

"I can't speak for the other two, but I don't think, even if we did, it would change the outcome," Henman said.

He said allowing the county commission a say in development plans could be a future zoning policy issue to be discussed.

In other business:

* Commissioners agreed to send out requests for proposals for the development of a comprehensive plan for the county. The goal is for the city of Hays and Ellis County to hire the same consultant to develop two separate comprehensive plans, according to Administrator Greg Sund.

"We don't have a comprehensive plan," Sund said. "Without one, the zoning regs don't mean anything."

* Commissioners approved an agreement with Kaw Valley Engineers, Junction City, for biennial bridge inspections at $88 per bridge for 231 bridges, including those located in the cities of Hays and Ellis. Commissioners also approved a bridge rehab prioritization agreement with the engineering firm for $3,864.

* Commissioners approved the installation of active systems at railroad crossings on 130th and Yocemento avenues. The systems, which will be paid for by federal funding, include cross arms and flashing lights.

* Commissioners accepted a Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant for $5,247 for the Local Emergency Planning Committee operating budget for 2011.

* Commissioners signed a proclamation for National 4-H Week this week.


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OCT 5 2010
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