08/09/11 Concerned Property Owners of Southern Marshall County have called a “town Hall” style meeting for this Saturday, August 13th at 10 a.m. The group will be discussing the possibility of a large wind farm locating in the county. Originally planned for the Uptown Cinema, organizers have moved the meeting to the Culver Elementary School Gymnasium due to the expected large attendance.
NextEra, a Florida-based wind farm company has been in the county talking with property owners and government offices along with the general public for several months. They have erected a couple of test towers which have been gathering data.
NextEra has set its sights on a 17,000 acre area for the construction of 40 to 70 wind turbines. The farm would be located in Marshall and Fulton Counties with the majority of the turbines falling in Marshall County’s southwest area encompassing the rural area between Argos and Culver, east to west and from Burr Oak and Hibbard to Richland Center in Fulton County for the north to south boundary.
According to the literature passed out at the public meeting in Argos the proposed turbines would be 262 to 328 feet tall at the bub in the center of the blades. The blades are up to 50 feet long. Concerned Property Owners estimate the turbines to be approximately 450 feet tall, about the height of a 45 story building.
The topic of the “town hall” meeting will be the much-discussed and debated proposed wind farm in Marshall County. The matter has been controversial due to the claims of side effects the turbines produce in humans and animals.
Concerned Property Owners have promoted this meeting with a mass mailer to residents in the area. They have also started a blog at www.marshallcountyIN-windfarm.blogspot.com.
The meeting Saturday at the Culver Elementary School Gym is open to the public.