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Commissioners Discuss 7th Road Project and Wind Farm Ordinance Amendment

April 16, 2013

    04/17/13  The 7th Road Project that will connect the new US 31 Corridor to North Michigan Road by way of a new 7th Road is moving along.  County Attorney Jim Clevenger told the commissioners Monday all of the parcel appraisals are complete although the county right-of-way acquisition costs are well above the original estimates.  He noted, “This is in-part due to higher per-acre values since the original estimates were made and in-part due to higher than expected damage amounts.” 

The consultants, First Group, hired to handle acquisition for the county has reached agreements to purchase four parcels for the 7th Road project.  Those parcels are for Perma Advertising, Banning, Story, and Masterson.   

Clevenger said the Banning offer of $192,880 did not include a relocation benefit of $6,420. Nor did it take into consideration a well on the property used to water cattle.  The county will pay an additional expense for a new well. 

First Group has made counter-offers to two parcel owners but haven’t heard back.

In other business, County Attorney Jim Clevenger told the commissioners they will need to take official action on the Plan Commission’s recommendations for the amendments to the Wind Farm ordinance. 

At their meeting on April 1st, the commissioners unanimously agreed to draft a resolution to the plan commission prohibiting the establishment of commercial wind farms in the county.  On Monday, Clevenger told the commissioners they still need to address the recommendations presented to them by the plan commission by either accepting them or rejecting them.  It’s anticipated that will happen at the May 6th meeting.  The Plan Commission will need to hold another public hearing on the proposal to prohibit the commercial systems and then the commissioners will also need to conduct a public hearing, anticipated to be on May 20th for the zoning amendment to prohibit commercial wind energy conversion systems in the county.