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Input sought for wind turbine ordinance

Council member Brian Sokol told the Toledo City Council he was seeking input for an ordinance regulating wind turbines in the city of Toledo. ...the council voted to form a committee to research the topic of residential wind turbines and provide input for an ordinance to regulate them.

Council member Brian Sokol told the Toledo City Council he was seeking input for an ordinance regulating wind turbines in the city of Toledo. Sokol and council member Travis Mullen are two-thirds of a committee established by Mayor Pam Wood at the council meeting on December 14. Planning and zoning committee chair Darrel Niedermann is the other member of the committee.

Sokol said he and Mullen had some conversations about the ordinance and he was also taking time to do some research on the topic. "I spoke to the Ankeny City manager about their ordinance and was told it is very nearly the same as what we had been given by the Iowa League of Cities.

That ordinance drew criticism from Niedermann and area resident Mike Gilchrist at the Dec. 14 meeting for being too restrictive.

After considerable discussion at that meeting, the council voted to form a committee to research the topic of residential wind turbines and provide input for an ordinance to regulate them.

"If we were to allow them, I'd be surprised to see a dozen of them in Toledo in the next 10 years," said Mullen. "I don't think they are going to be that effective."

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Council member Brian Sokol told the Toledo City Council he was seeking input for an ordinance regulating wind turbines in the city of Toledo. Sokol and council member Travis Mullen are two-thirds of a committee established by Mayor Pam Wood at the council meeting on December 14. Planning and zoning committee chair Darrel Niedermann is the other member of the committee.

Sokol said he and Mullen had some conversations about the ordinance and he was also taking time to do some research on the topic. "I spoke to the Ankeny City manager about their ordinance and was told it is very nearly the same as what we had been given by the Iowa League of Cities.

That ordinance drew criticism from Niedermann and area resident Mike Gilchrist at the Dec. 14 meeting for being too restrictive.

After considerable discussion at that meeting, the council voted to form a committee to research the topic of residential wind turbines and provide input for an ordinance to regulate them.

"If we were to allow them, I'd be surprised to see a dozen of them in Toledo in the next 10 years," said Mullen. "I don't think they are going to be that effective."

There was no vote of any kind taken, but the council members present, Dan Ferris, Elmer (Skip) Wilson, Sokol and Mullen all agreed the neighbors should be advised when someone is going to build a wind turbine.

Nancy Burk, city attorney pointed out they need to be consistent on how neighbors are notified. "They should be notified through publication, like the board of adjustment does now," she said.

Mullen also told council members he would like to see the lights in the bandstand come on and go off automatically every night. "I just think it improves the look and feel downtown," he said. Nulling will get price quotes on a light sensor and installation and report back to the council.

City Clerk Carolyn Brownest reminded the council that Jan. 3 is the night set for the annual budget meeting at 7 p.m. in the council room.

In other action the council:

•committed $2,500 towards the rehab project at 201 South Broadway.

•reviewed the final inspection for a rehab project done at 600 East Street.

•approved $72,951 in bills.


Source: http://www.tamatoledonews.c...

DEC 28 2010
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