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Adair County approves wind turbine ordinance

While members of the Adair County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance Wednesday morning related to where wind turbines could be located, discussion on the topic is expected to continue during their next meeting where they will discuss creating a even more comprehensive ordinance.

ADAIR COUNTY – While members of the Adair County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance Wednesday morning related to where wind turbines could be located, discussion on the topic is expected to continue during their next meeting where they will discuss creating a even more comprehensive ordinance.

About 30 people attended Wednesday’s meeting, and several spoke during a public hearing on the ordinance, which was related to wind turbines can be placed. Supervisor Matt Wedemeyer said last week that citizens started coming to supervisor meetings last summer, “concerned about the large amount of windmills coming into the county,” and that the county did not have an ordinance related to where turbines could be located.

One of the original drafts had a “set back from a non-participating house of 1,800 feet, and a non-participating land owner of 500 feet.” There was discussion to increase that set back from 1,800 to 2,000 feet and from 500 to 800 feet. In the end, the increased set back numbers were approved in the ordinance.

There was still discussion on another suggestion made related to the ordinance, which was to do more study on wind turbines, looking at other counties... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

ADAIR COUNTY – While members of the Adair County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance Wednesday morning related to where wind turbines could be located, discussion on the topic is expected to continue during their next meeting where they will discuss creating a even more comprehensive ordinance.

About 30 people attended Wednesday’s meeting, and several spoke during a public hearing on the ordinance, which was related to wind turbines can be placed. Supervisor Matt Wedemeyer said last week that citizens started coming to supervisor meetings last summer, “concerned about the large amount of windmills coming into the county,” and that the county did not have an ordinance related to where turbines could be located.

One of the original drafts had a “set back from a non-participating house of 1,800 feet, and a non-participating land owner of 500 feet.” There was discussion to increase that set back from 1,800 to 2,000 feet and from 500 to 800 feet. In the end, the increased set back numbers were approved in the ordinance.

There was still discussion on another suggestion made related to the ordinance, which was to do more study on wind turbines, looking at other counties’ ordinances on the issue. More information could allow the supervisors to create, discuss and consider approving a more comprehensive ordinance about wind turbines, covering more than just the cite of the turbines.

Board members approved discussing that idea during their next meeting next week.

Individuals spoke both in favor and against turbines, and a couple of  people even encouraged the board to come up with a more comprehensive ordinance to protect the county, those who have the turbines on their property and those who do not.

“I want to stress again the need for a comprehensive ordinance,” said Tom Reavely, one individual who spoke during the meeting.

He explained he had just watched a webinar, which was open to lawyers around the state, on wind turbine easements.

“(They discussed) the issues of flickers, noise, decommission, (associated with wind turbines) which are all known issues,” he said. “And they’re known to MidAmerican and MidAmerican tries to address them.”

But, he said, it was important for the county to have a comprehensive ordinance to avoid potential problems in the future.

“To avoid litigation in the future means that you’re going to have to have a comprehensive ordinance that addresses more than the ordinance that was read,” he said.

Two wind farm projects coming to Adair County include the Arbor Hill Project with 125 wind turbines, and the Orient Project with 100 turbines. Combined property tax revenue from these projects is approximately $6.6 million.


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OCT 4 2018
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