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Jeffrey Butler, a member of the McDonough County Farm Bureau, told the county board’s law and legal committee Monday that having his farm near two wind turbines has caused some disruptions. He suggested the board consider adding language to its wind farm ordinance that might solve some of the problems.
Residents are upset over the placement of a new wind farm. It's happening in rural McDonough and Warren counties, where some residents said they don't like the new form of energy, as it now sits in their backyard. Some residents said it's the constant humming noise.
GALVA — Opponents of a proposed wind farm in east-central Henry County gathered at Black Hawk East College Wednesday night to hear about the impact of wind turbines on quality of life and the local landscape.
A recommendation from the DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals on the controversial DeWitt County wind farm proposal could come this week after the final four public meetings that begin on Tuesday.
The phrase “free as the wind” has long symbolized something comforting without cost. The wind has cooled humanity, and smelled good too.
County Mapping, Platting and Zoning Director Mike Fausz said the windmills Koppeis is hoping to erect would be among the largest in the state of Illinois. He also said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has signaled it has concerns about the wind farm.
A new wind energy battle is taking root in DeWitt County
County plan panel listens to residents voice safety, health concerns
There are some people who will gain little from the project, yet still face potential light and noise pollution, along with clutter on the rural landscape. ...Those are the people the County Board must work to protect while still respecting the rights of landowners to put their property to its best and most productive use.
Schomer said the general consensus among his colleagues is the limit should be set around 40 decibels. The ZBA’s zoning ordinance also requires wind turbines be set back 1,500 feet or three times the tower’s height from any occupied residence. Schomer said he recommended increasing that setback to 3,300 feet.
Wind farms have become more noticeable in Central Illinois over the years. Some who live in view of the towers are annoyed -- they say they're interfering with basic utilities.
The ZBA explicitly found the standards for granting the permits had not been met and to the contrary, the turbines “would be detrimental to or endanger the public health, safety, moral, comfort, or general welfare.” Further, the turbines “would be injurious to the use and enjoyment of those who own property in the footprint of the project and would have a negative impact on their property values” and “will impede the normal and orderly development of the surrounding property.”
Residents asking questions were told loudly, many times by E. ON's lawyer; "There is no risk." Property values will not be affected, noise is not a problem, flickering and other health issues just don't exist. I find that very interesting when there are a number of current lawsuits pending in multiple states and documented studies by experts that say otherwise. ...I think we deserve answers before our county approves their application.
It's meant to give non-participating landowners more protection. The setback requirements for wind turbines built in Iroquois County were given more teeth in a 14-4 vote (Tuesday) by the County Board.
Residents David Cleverdon and Karen Kenney will approach the Boone County Zoning Board of Appeals with a proposal Tuesday to increase the 1,000-foot distance requirement between wind turbines and primary structures.
In bringing wind turbines to Boone County, some are essentially trying to disguise heavy industry as farming. Some have even had the audacity to call their decision to financially benefit from the wind turbines as “freedom to farm.” It would appear, in fact, that they are looking for freedom to have industry.
This six year old girl is wearing her Hello Kitty headphones to bed in July 2013 because the wind turbines operating on the adjacent farm property is making too much noise. This photo was taken at 10:43 PM after being in bed since 8:00 PM. This scenario repeated for so many nights during each week that, within six months after this photo was taken, the parents and both children abandoned her home and moved eight miles away in order to get away from the nighttime noise.
Listen to this 4-part radio interview of Ted Hartke as he discusses the effects of turbine noise on his familiy near Invenergy's California Ridge wind energy facility. Mr. Hartke moved his family to a double-wide home eight miles away.
Ted Hartke, his wife Jessica and their two children, Phillip (age 9) and Sophia (age 6) have abandoned their home in Vermilion County, Illinois due to turbine noise. This testimony was delivered to the Boone County Illinois county commissioners on May 28, 2013 as the county considered a wind ordinance that would permit wind development. This testimony predates Mr. Hartke and his family leaving their home. A portion of his testimony is provided below. His full testimony can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.
In 2012, Margina Schwartzbach spoke during a county zoning board meeting, at which the panel was considering another wind farm. She said Goldwind project had disrupted their lives. A turbine near her house, she said, was a constant bother. "It's very annoying," she told the board. "It produces loud humming sounds." At night, she said, it was unbearable.