ALMER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In Tuscola County, tempers are flaring over wind turbines.
A company wants to install turbines spread over Almer, Ellington and Fairgrove Townships.
In Almer Township, officials had to decide tonight whether or not it will allow the wind turbines to go up.
The Almer Township planning commission denied issuing a special use land permit to allow a company to build wind turbines.
Arriving at this decision boiled down to what's in the township ordinance.
The township ultimately decided the wind turbine company was not in compliance with the ordinance and posed too much of a health and safety risk.
On one side, a developer that wants to build 50 or so wind turbines that will tower over rural Tuscola County, on the other residents wanting to learn more about the turbines.
The company that wants to build the wind turbines, NextEra Resources, says the turbines are part of a $200 million wind project that will benefit Michigan's Thumb region.
But some residents have concerns about noise, safety and their properties.
They voiced their concerns during a public input meeting Wednesday night.
Some members of Almer Township's planning commission also expressed concerns about the potential impact of the wind turbines.
While some residents needed more information and transparency, others have already made up their minds.
The next step is for the board of trustees to take up the issue when they meet on January 10.