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Disrespectful; insulting, horrible; intimidating; uncalled for; disgusting; despicable. Those are a few adjectives reflecting the conduct of the Huntington County community development director and several of the Plan Commission members during their Nov. 12 public hearing on amendments to the county’s industrial wind turbine ordinance.
The work teams have been studying areas of the ordinance dealing with property values, decommissioning, noise and shadow flicker, and setback requirements. Darrell Cameron of rural Rankin chairs the Set-back work group. ‘’The set-back recommendation was 2,640 feet from the non-participating owner’s property line. And the group feels that will not stop any wind farm from being developed,’’ says Cameron. ‘’It will simply allow all area residents to participate.’’
A 750-mile interstate power line promises to deliver wind-generated electricity to Columbia at nearly half the price the city now pays. But the savings cannot be certain until the line is built and contracts are proposed.
Randolph County is luring agricultural industry that faced opposition in Delaware County: an ethanol refinery, industrialized hog farms and now a utility-scale wind farm.
“With the moratorium in place we can now come forward together, citizens and governing bodies, to amend the Howard County wind ordinance and begin the process of healing relationships and reaching out to those feeling shortchanged by the actions taken in the cancellation of this industrial wind turbine project.”
The Wildcat Wind Farm project survived six years of recession and remonstration, but last week it finally breathed its last. Faced with changing economic conditions and an unrelenting opposition that had expanded into political activism, the Howard County Commissioners terminated their agreement with e.On last week.
The agreement effectively ends the possibility of wind farm development in Howard County.
“As a result of many months of lengthy dialogue, negotiations and changes in market conditions, tonight we are announcing that we are terminating the economic development agreement with E.ON regarding Wildcat Wind Farm phases II and III,” Commission President Paul Wyman said to a roar of applause among the packed board room.
A Uniontown attorney has warned Fayette County it may have to pay to tear down as many as 18 wind turbines as a result of a decision in Commonwealth Court that raises concerns they are too close to neighboring properties in Springhill and Georges townships.
The wind died considerably in the northwestern portion of Tipton County last week, leaving the perfect break in the weather for remonstrators of wind farm development in the county to celebrate.
After months of contention surrounding further wind farm development, juwi Wind has decided to cut its losses and part ways with Tipton County.
The people of eastern Howard County have argued long and loudly against the advent of a wind farm within their community. Their efforts, to this point, have been in vain. So, a group of them approached the nearby town of Converse, hoping to escape the county’s jurisdiction.
Audience member Hank Bilsland, a Culver resident and one of the most vocal opponents of wind turbines at the council meeting, said there was "a lot of resistance" to the 140-foot tower height allowed in the plan commission's proposed ordinance. Bilsland distributed wind turbine photos to commission members. He also suggested solar energy systems were a more beneficial alternative to wind energy.
If Etowah politicians allow wind farms — maybe not now, but later after all residents have experienced the social damage these monstrosities cause — political careers will be in jeopardy. ...The citizens of Kokomo and Howard County have seen the enemy and do not like it. Gadsden and Etowah County have yet to witness these prodigious Frankenstein monsters.
Protestors have attended most of the meetings of the Howard County Commissioners over the past two years. They’ve visited the Howard County Council as well. Last July, the commissioners placed a moratorium on future wind development, excluding the Wildcat Wind Farm. It still was not enough for those who will have to live in or near the wind farm.
Twenty-three people lined up to give their opinions Wednesday, May 14, as members of the Huntington County Plan Commission listened to their views on wind farms. ...Commission members got plenty of feedback as homeowners and others demanded changes to the ordinance.
Hurlburt said his constituents are not happy with the current ordinance and if changes are made, more of them could support the project. The plan commission will hold another public hearing on the matter on June 11 at the GAR room in the Huntington County courthouse.
Residents of Tipton County voted for change on Tuesday, with a pair of anti-wind candidates coming out of the primary election victorious. Gerald Shuck beat out incumbent Republican County Commissioner Phil Heron, 1,817-1,266, to win a key seat, while Republican Jim Leffler edged fellow challenger Mike Orr.
Plans for a large wind turbine on Earlham College property have been put on hold. Originally scheduled to go before the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, zoning requests for the proposed project at 1405 Abington Pike have been “postponed indefinitely.”
Monday’s Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting provided a forum for residents to speak out, some in favor of shutting the wind farm down, others stating the latest blade break, caused by lightning, isn’t cause for concern.