A printable poster regarding the meeting at the Fulton Community Center on November 9th is now available. A suggestion would be to print a few and place them in your workplace, businesses and in the hands of your friends and neighbors, particularly those who don’t use the internet and may not receive The Rochester Sentinel and/or Shopping Guide News of Fulton County. Thanks for your help. (poster)
The Fulton County Commissioners will hold a Public Meeting at the Fulton Community Center, 214 East Dunn Street, Fulton, IN on November 9, 2017 from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Doors will open at 5 pm. The Guidelines are very specific. Please read them carefully. To speak you must add your name to the speaker list before 6:30P.M. You may not plan to speak but as the meeting progresses you may change your mind. A suggestion is to sign the speakers’ list before 6:30. When your name is called you can always say “pass.” If you are not signed up by 6:30 you will not even have the opportunity to speak. (more)
For sale: Liberty and Wayne Townships. Next? The other six townships that complete the remainder of Fulton County. Far-fetched? Not really. Let me explain.
Several years ago a wind developer wanted to locate industrial wind turbines in parts of Marshall and northern Fulton Counties. The project never rose above the ground because wind turbines were banned in Marshall County. (more)
(The following was originally published in The Rochester Sentinel of Rochester, IN on Saturday, October 28, 2017.)
BY WESLEY DEHNE
Staff Writer, The Sentinel
A group of wind farm opponents have launched an online petition calling for stricter wind turbine setbacks in Fulton County.
The petition, hosted at gopetition. com, was launched last week and is linked on the Facebook page Fulton County Property Rights. More than 70 people have signed the petition, which calls for a wind turbine setback of 2,640 feet from a property line.
The present standard is a setback of 1.1 times the total height of a wind turbine from a property line and 1.5 times the height from a residential dwelling. For a turbine of 600 feet, that’s 660 feet from a property line and 900 feet from a residence. However, officials are revisiting those setbacks ahead of the proposed development of a wind farm project.
Renewable energy company RES has been contacting landowners to sign lease agreements for a wind farm that could bring 300 wind turbines to south Fulton County, northwest Miami County and northeast Cass County. In Fulton County there could be as many as 100 wind turbines south of County Road 400 South.
A setback of 1.5 times the total height of a wind turbine from a property line and 2 times the height from a residential dwelling are among several amendments to the county’s ordinance governing wind energy conversion systems being considered by Fulton County Commissioners.
The proposed new setbacks would require a wind turbine of 600 feet to be located 900 feet from a property line and 1,200 feet from a residence.
The contentious issue of setbacks will likelybe discussed during a public meeting slated 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Fulton Community Building. To allow time for conversation, doors will open at 5 p.m.
Commissioners organized the meeting to receive feedback from residents about wind energy development in the county.
Commissioner Bryan Lewis told The Sentinel the Fulton County Property Rights group and RES will have 10 minutes each to present. Representatives of financial consulting firm H.J. Umbaugh & Associates and law firm Barnes & Thornburg will also speak.
The firms, along with Area Plan Director Casi Cowles, will be given 15 minutes to present. Lewis said there will also be a sign-up sheet for anyone wanting to give a brief comment. The format is to alternate between supporters and opponents of wind farm development.
Lewis said there will be no vote taken that night by commissioners.
For those opposed to wind power developments in Fulton County there is the opportunity to register your objection by signing a petition. The petition states there is to be a minimum setback of 2,640 feet from one’s property line. This would make it impractical for a development in Fulton County because it would not be cost-effective for a wind developer to proceed.
There are several options for signing a petition. If you wish to sign and submit it online go here. If you prefer to sign a paper petition go here and print the petition and then complete it. It would be helpful if you would carry it to friends and neighbors and invite them to sign. As noted at the bottom of the petition it needs to be returned by November 15th.
(Originally published by The Rochester Sentinel of Rochester, IN on Thursday, October 19, 2017.)
A crowd of concerned citizens, some proudly wearing anti-wind turbine buttons, filled Fulton County Commissioners’ meeting room Monday to voice their opposition to wind farm development in the county. (more)
(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.
|“I kind of look at it like it’s almost a form of farming.” – Terry Lee, FEDCO Dir. (RS, 4/17/17)
Farming – the activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock (Dictionary)
“…For years, politicians and urban/suburbanites have been treated to heaping doses of win-win business tales of family farmers leasing sections of their crop land for wind development, while working the soil right up to the towers and earning extra revenue to keep the land open. But like so much Big Wind hype, there’s an ugly reality that has gone untold…” (more)
“As promised, Fulton County Commissioners on Monday took no action on proposed amendments to the county’s wind ordinance.
Amendments to the ordinance were approved by the Fulton County Area Plan Commission on Sept. 25. Commissioners have 90 days to approve, reject or modify them.
County Commission President Bryan Lewis confirmed no action would be taken until after a public meeting, which has yet to be set…” (more)