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Commissioners looking for answers

The Mineral County Commissioners are hoping to have some questions answered this evening, as they meet with representatives of U.S. Wind Force. The meeting with Wind Force, the company proposing to construct the Pinnacle Wind Farm on Green Mountain above Keyser, was the topic of discussion at the commission's June 9 meeting, when Commission President Wayne Spiggle said he wanted to meet with the group but was not interested in a "sales pitch."

KEYSER - The Mineral County Commissioners are hoping to have some questions answered this evening, as they meet with representatives of U.S. Wind Force.

The meeting with Wind Force, the company proposing to construct the Pinnacle Wind Farm on Green Mountain above Keyser, was the topic of discussion at the commission's June 9 meeting, when Commission President Wayne Spiggle said he wanted to meet with the group but was not interested in a "sales pitch."

Instead, he drafted a letter to the company outlining some specific questions which he said he would like to have answered on behalf of the citizens of Mineral County.

In the letter to Jim Cookman of Wind Force, Spiggle noted that county commissioners are not given the authority to oversee wind turbine projects, but there are four issues which would directly impact the citizens of the county which he would like for the company to address:

- "Among the many promises Wind Force LLC has made is an annual payment to Mineral County in property taxes. We would like you to commit your willingness to keep this promise by agreeing to enter into a contract with the Mineral County Commission binding your company and all future owners to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER - The Mineral County Commissioners are hoping to have some questions answered this evening, as they meet with representatives of U.S. Wind Force.

The meeting with Wind Force, the company proposing to construct the Pinnacle Wind Farm on Green Mountain above Keyser, was the topic of discussion at the commission's June 9 meeting, when Commission President Wayne Spiggle said he wanted to meet with the group but was not interested in a "sales pitch."

Instead, he drafted a letter to the company outlining some specific questions which he said he would like to have answered on behalf of the citizens of Mineral County.

In the letter to Jim Cookman of Wind Force, Spiggle noted that county commissioners are not given the authority to oversee wind turbine projects, but there are four issues which would directly impact the citizens of the county which he would like for the company to address:

- "Among the many promises Wind Force LLC has made is an annual payment to Mineral County in property taxes. We would like you to commit your willingness to keep this promise by agreeing to enter into a contract with the Mineral County Commission binding your company and all future owners to paying at least the annual amount (originally promised).

- "We also want to know if your company will bind itself and future owners with a bond to the state or county, sufficient to obviate any public cost in the event the turbines need to be dismantled at the end of their generating life.

- "You have indicated that several hundred jobs will rsult from the two-yaer construction period. We are interested in knowing how many of these jobs will go to residents of Mineral County and its environs.

- "During the construction period, it will be necessary to use roads in the county that are currently in daily use. Please tell us what roads will be used, the maximum weight load these roads will be subjected to, and what guarantees you might tive us that regular
commerce will not be disturbed and the roads will not be damaged."

Although County Commissioner Janice LaRue said she also had a lot of questions about the project which she would like to have answered, Spiggle noted that most of her questions touched upon topics which are outside of the commissioners' jurisdiction.

U.S. Wind Force is scheduled to address the commissioners at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Commissioner Cindy Pyles noted at the last meeting that the presentation would be to the commissioners only. Although the public may attend the open meeting, no questions will be taken from the audience.

The regular commission meeting gets underway at 4:30 p.m. and among the items on the agenda are an update on the status of the county's compliance officers, to be presented by Assessor Rose Ann Maine, Sheriff Craig Fraley and Compliance Officer Jim Endler; and a proclamation for Mineral County Relay for Life.

The meeting is open to the public.


Source: http://www.newstribune.info...

JUN 23 2009
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