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Counties share wind tower ordinance ideas - Warren, Mercer follow Henry County lead

MONMOUTH - Warren County is working on a new wind tower ordinance in anticipation that Greenlight Energy, a Charlottesville, Va., company, will invest millions of dollars to build a wind farm near Alexis

The exact project area has yet to be determined, but company officials speculated earlier the wind farm could involve 100 to 300 towers in the Warren and Mercer County area.

Because the wind farm will include two counties, Warren and Mercer counties will have similar ordinances based on an existing Henry County wind tower ordinance.

Ron Moore of Roseville, chairman of the Warren County Zoning Board of Appeals, said Wednesday that Warren County will incorporate the new wind tower ordinance into its existing 2001 ordinance.

Mercer County Supervisor of Assessments Rick Regnier said Friday that Mercer County will draft a separate ordinance rather than incorporate the new ordinance into one that is at least 20 years old.

The two counties are looking at a building permit fee of $20 per foot based on the height of the tower from its base to the top of the tower.

Warren County State's Attorney Chip Algren said if the towers were 300 feet tall, the building permit fee for each tower would be $6,000.

Regnier said the Mercer County ZBA has reviewed the Henry County ordinance and suggested "a few minor changes" to the ordinance. Once those proposed changes are in place, Regnier said the ordinance... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The exact project area has yet to be determined, but company officials speculated earlier the wind farm could involve 100 to 300 towers in the Warren and Mercer County area.

Because the wind farm will include two counties, Warren and Mercer counties will have similar ordinances based on an existing Henry County wind tower ordinance.

Ron Moore of Roseville, chairman of the Warren County Zoning Board of Appeals, said Wednesday that Warren County will incorporate the new wind tower ordinance into its existing 2001 ordinance.

Mercer County Supervisor of Assessments Rick Regnier said Friday that Mercer County will draft a separate ordinance rather than incorporate the new ordinance into one that is at least 20 years old.

The two counties are looking at a building permit fee of $20 per foot based on the height of the tower from its base to the top of the tower.

Warren County State's Attorney Chip Algren said if the towers were 300 feet tall, the building permit fee for each tower would be $6,000.

Regnier said the Mercer County ZBA has reviewed the Henry County ordinance and suggested "a few minor changes" to the ordinance. Once those proposed changes are in place, Regnier said the ordinance will be sent to the Mercer County state's attorney for review.

Regnier said one member of the ZBA has resigned from the board and another is on vacation, so he said it probably would be April before Mercer County adopts the ordinance.

After reviewing the Wind Tower ordinance, the Warren County ZBA asked Algren go to ahead and incorporate the ordinance into the 2001 zoning ordinance.

The ZBA set a public hearing on the proposed ordinance for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Warren County Courthouse. The Warren County Board also will have a public hearing on the ordinance before it votes for final approval.

Jolene Willis, executive director of the Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership, said Friday the company has put up "a couple" of test towers in the Alexis area.

Source: http://www.register-mail.co...

JAN 14 2006
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