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Keep wind turbines out of Huntington County

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.
22 Dec 2014

Wind ordinance revisions no easy task

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.’’
23 Nov 2014

Public Eye: Wind dies down in Howard County

“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.”
24 Aug 2014

County terminates Wildcat Wind Farm

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.
21 Aug 2014

Residents try to escape Howard 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.
9 Jun 2014

Plan commission approves new bakery, tables wind discussion

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.
1 Jun 2014

Heed painful lessons from Indiana on wind farms

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.
31 May 2014

Candidates side with anti-wind group

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.
21 May 2014

Plan commission listens to views on wind farms

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.
20 May 2014

Two anti-wind candidates win in Tipton primary

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.
7 May 2014
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