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Commissioners Table Action on Wind Turbine Ordinance

March 18, 2013

  03/19/13 A couple years ago, Florida based NextEra was proposing to install 70 some commerical wind turbines in Marshall and Fulton Counties.  Their project caught the eye of many concerned citizens and an effort was made to educate the citiznes of both counties on the issues other communites have experienced with commercial wind farms.

The Marshall County Commissioners held a public hearing Monday on proposed changes to the Wind Energy Conversion System portion of the Zoning Ordinance.  The suggested changes are from the grass roots group called “Concerned Property Owners of Marshall County” presented by Sycaruse attorney Steve Snyder.

County Plan Director, Ralph Booker presented amendments to the wind ordinance that were approved by the Plan Commission. Setbacks in a Lake Zone and in Rural Residential zoning was at 1,000 feed but Concerned Citizens suggested and the Plan Commission agreed to extend the set back to a half mile.  In addition the Plan Commission recommeded a set back of a half mile from the home of any non-participating land owner, from any public park, school or church building and from any river.   

About 75 concerned citizens attended the public hearing.  Snyder spent more than a half hour reviewing the changes he had proposed to the County Plan Commission, the changes the plan commission approved and the ones where a compromise was approved.

Cathy Clark, Executive Director of the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council talked about the protection of the 10 bald eagles who are living in the area.  She also talked about the large number of Sand Hill Cranes.  One thing she pointed out was the population per square mile compared to other counties who have turbines. 

Barbara Shafer read a letter that was in the Kokomo Tribune last month.  The writer said there are no more deer, the wireless internet doesn’t work and they even have issued with their cell phones.  The writer urged people to take action against the commercial wind farms.  

An “old CPA,” Charlie Myers suggested the commissioners use business planning and look at core values and principals when making their decision on the proposed amendments to the wind ordinance. 

  Travis Dexter who lives on 16C Road brought a repuclia wind turbine to show the commissioners the low frequency and ultrasounds associated with health issues caused by the turbines.  He urged the commissioners to uphold the half-mile setback and to consider lowering the noise level from 45 DBA to 35 DBA.         

The public hearing lasted about 90 minutes at which point the commissioners tabled the matter to review information presented and will consider the zoning changes at their May 6th meeting


4 Responses to “ Commissioners Table Action on Wind Turbine Ordinance ”

  1. Thor on March 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    To Marshall County Voter – I didn’t realize that the county only consisted of the shore line around Max. and restaurants in Culver.

    I belive they are just asking that if you want an industrial energy concern on your property, because you can make a profit off of it, that it does not negatively impact your neighbors.

    In Europe, who went all in on those devices early, they are stepping away from the technology for health reasons. It makes me wonder what your real reasons are.

  2. Marshall Voter on March 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Just why are the Concerned Citizens of Marshall County concerned ?
    I wonder what the real reasons are ? Could it be a desire to make
    Union Township, Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee a domicile that will
    continue to be ” I have mine you can’t have yours.” Or a haven for out of town lawyers to enrich their pockets through the generosity of those fortunate to live here ? Most of the true longtime residents of this area cannot afford to eat out in the town of Culver. Local coffee shops that have gone ” upscale., no doughnuts available and gosh help you if you ‘dunk. ” Need to buy a pair of blue jeans ?, any size $ 100.00 plus not a problem.

    What happened to the rest of us that used to enjoy a ride around the lake and actually see water? Not much water to be seen but plenty of “in your face” high priced homes. Perhaps some of you will remember what happened when the County Commissioners wanted to open the public access areas. Law suit.. not in my lake!

    Wind farms do have their detractions and negatives but is pressure from a small group to make them virtually impossible the answer ?
    I was not born when the automobile became common but I am certain there were small groups like the current group who thought about an entire ban on automobiles.

    I am not asking for the names of the members of ” The Concerned Citizens of Marshall County ” but I bet that more than just a few
    do not vote in Marshall County and have moved here in the past fifteen years. I also imagine that quite a few have the property tax appeal process down to a science. No point in paying taxes on a big house, let the little guy pay.

    How ironic would it be if they were to succeed only to see the same dreaded windfarms in Starke or Fulton County. Any county that would accept a landfill sure would take a windmill.

    I hope the Marshall County Board of Commissioners says “no” to the proposed changes. I further hope that they will once again attempt to reopen and improve the access areas. Getting on the water is the only way the rest of us can see the lake. Driving around now is not an option, nor stopping in Culver for a reasonably priced meal.

  3. Jim Wiegand on March 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Zoning changes are a good start. But really the handcuffs are needed for these shysters.

    For a look at the very dark side to wind energy, everybody needs to read either of these articles, “Hiding the slaughter” or “Big Wind & Avian Mortality” (Parts I and II: Hiding the Problem). Readers will understand that by supporting wind they are supporting a completely fraudulent empire. Everyone needs to watch this eloquent video from Scotland that discusses the complete stupidity and madness behind wind power. It does not touch on the fraudulent wind industry studies and the slaughter to protected species that I usually write about. Instead the destructive impacts (vandalism) to society from wind energy development are discussed, all for just a miniscule amount of energy.

    Below are some helpful tips for anyone in the community that just doesn’t get it:

    Wind power works great if you are being paid to sell it.

    Wind power works great if politicians can help you steal tax credits from taxpayers and then turn around and reward you again with carbon credits.

    Wind power works great if ridding the world of species like whooping cranes and eagles is not a concern.

    Wind power works great in power point presentations, animated clips, and sappy commercials.

    Wind power works great if you would rather see an industrial landscape over god given beauty and productive ecosystems.

    Wind power is fantastic if your goal is to waste time and resources on a non-solution to society’s energy needs.

    But wind power works best of all when Democracy takes a back seat to an assembly line of corruption allowing outsiders to plunder and pillage communities.

  4. Thomas on March 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

    There IS a lot of information to grasp, but counties and politicians sometimes become blinded by the dollar signs in potential tax revenue and don’t do their research. I do appreciate that the M.C. Commissioners will take some time to do that. The question they should ultimately ask themselves is: Does money matter more than risking the health and lives of the county’s citizens? A main issue being ‘ifrasound’, not ultrasound. These industrial turbines are killing–either from the spinning blades or sound-wave pulse implosion of their respiratory systems–100s of thousands of birds each year, nationwide, Including American Bald Eagles, endangered bats and other birds. It does not seem logical to allow something to be built that’s supposed to help the environment but at the same time is killing the very living things in the environment it’s there to protect. It seems counterintuitive. Wherever these wind farms are built, there is always division created between neighbors and friends over this issue. The United States as a whole is fractured and divided NOW, why should we invite MORE division into our local communities at a time when we should all be pulling together and helping each other out?