(The following was published in The Rochester Sentinel of Rochester, IN on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Production difficulties prevented this letter to the editor from appearing in Friday’s edition of The Sentinel.
The Fulton County Commissioners meet 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at the Fulton County Office Building. At this time, the agenda has not been published; however, it is assumed that near the end of the meeting the audience will be allowed to ask questions and comment about wind energy ordinance amendments that are being considered. I urge residents to attend to become better informed.
Wind ordinance and wind farms are a complicated topic and frequently a controversial topic. This was evident last week at our Statehouse when a hearing on the topic was held and as reported in this paper and other media. Many resources on the topic will be found on www.myusagovernment. org and by doing your own research by searching “wind power problems” online.
The following Indiana counties have either banned or declared a moratorium on wind farms: Allen, Boone, Delaware, Grant,Howard, Marshall and Wells. Also, the additional counties have established residential setbacks, as noted, that will help to insure residents’ health, safety and welfare: Noble (3,960’), Rush (2,300’), Tipton (increased to 2,640’ after first project), Wabash (2,640’) and Whitley (2,640’).
The Fulton County Area Plan Commission has recommended to commissioners a residential setback of 2x the height of the tower, with a tower being 600’. Thus, a setback of 1,200’ has been recommended.
Hope to see you Monday night.