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April 16, 2021

3/19/2021 9:30:00 AM
Citizens have their say about proposed wind tower project

The opposition to the planned wind turbine project by Pattern Energy that would run through Iowa County has sent the Iowa County Board of Supervisors a message....twice.
The group spoke twice to representatives, first at last Tuesday's Iowa County Board meeting and again Thursday at the meeting of the Planning and Zoning committee. Both times they took advantage of the "public comment" portion of the meeting. Several making comments took part in both meetings and the message has been the same.
Update the county ordinance.
There is a group forming under the name No-Uplands Wind with Andrea Luecke as a main contact that is asking the board to redo their ordinance that deals with the proposed project that would bring wind turbines to farmland in Iowa County.  In her opinion and in the opinion of many followers the project is just too big.
"It is very important that the county updates its wind ordinance and not wait" she told the committee. "The county would be negligent if it did not do this for the people who live here. Doing nothing will be more costly than doing something."
"Upgrade the ordinance to the state's level," she urged. "Don't go down in history as the county that project did not do the right thing at the right time and now is that time."
Bob Oberhauser told the committee there seems to be a lot of confusion and asked if there is a place to go to get caught up on the issue.
Cheryll Marr is concerned about the health issues and said that is something to get control of now. She owns property in Linden and on Sunny Slope Road which is in the path of the proposed wind turbine project.
"I am worried about health issues," she said. "I cannot drive past the turbines near Montfort without feeling ill, but that's me."...
(See the rest of this story in the March 4, 2021 Chronicle issue)

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