County Council Taking Different Look at Wind Farms

With a discussion on wind farms on the agenda, the Clinton County Council on Tuesday decided it was time to take a different approach and start taking wind farming as a potential economic development project and treat it the same way they would any other project of the type.

“The council decided to move forward with a more comprehensive budget study that would put the county’s overall budget in a context trying to anticipate future revenue challenges versus future expenses that we might be incurring,” said County Council President Alan Dunn.

Dunn said the council approved putting out for bids for three to five financial advisers.

“My hope is we can make a quick decision,” said Dunn. “If we can get that process started it might be useful information for our budget decisions in September.”

The council also approved a recommendation by the Clinton County Commissioners to approve $350,000 for the first phase of the mapping and engineering work at the State Road 28 and Interstate 65 corridor.

“We’re ready to actually begin designing what the system would look like,” said Dunn.

Dunn and the rest of the council knows a very big problem has to be fixed in the area before any economic development can take place in that area. That item is the Horlacher Drain that is estimated to cost $1.3 million.

“The very first domino that has to fall is getting the drainage situation fixed at that intersection because that drainage tile is at its maximum capacity,” said Dunn. “We could have all the other infrastructure in place. But if we can’t drain the parking lot, the surveyor is not going to approve the development.”

To fix that issue, the council approved an appropriation of an additional $500,000 to begin the process of fixing that drain in a more permanent way. Dunn is hoping this action will kick start activity in the area.

Dunn also added the drainage issue at State Road 28 and Interstate 65 will eventually affect all four sides of the roadway..

“We’re concerned most where the development is happening now and where it’s most likely to occur,” said Dunn. “This phase would essentially do the parts north of State Road 28. The parts of the south side of State Road 28 would require additional investment later.”

  13 comments for “County Council Taking Different Look at Wind Farms

  1. July 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Since Mr. Dunn has a contract with a wind farm company he should not be allowed to have any say on this matter. Kind of self-serving politics isn’t it?

    • TG
      July 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Great point. As is Clark Beard, a landowner with wind contracts

  2. July 12, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    So if you need revenue you let these ugly ass turbines go up to cover what you guys cannot find other answers for. Then as a farmer mr. Dunn this will help your pocket book. I just went up last week to Chicago and saw those ugly things along 65. It might be you land but the sky is people’s property and those ugly ass turbines is in the sky blocking our views of God’s great gifts.

  3. Dave McCain
    July 13, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Sounds like to me it’s time to let the citizens of the county to decide with a vote at the ballot box and remove this from the commissioners who have a conflict of interest. At the same time force Duke Energy to accept any net metering for a private citizen to hook to the grid with private wind and solar production.

  4. GC
    July 13, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Anyone in a public office should have the integrity to recuse themselves from any issue that may constitute a conflict of interest. Shame on them if they choose to not do so. Shame on us, as taxpwpawers and voters, if we allow this to happen. This HAS to STOP NOW!

  5. Darrell L Cole
    July 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Being a city dweller my opinion matters little.I saw an advert for an upright wind turbine that does not have the propellers on it. Those propellers kill birds, both good birds and the bad ones. The cost is slightly less and the sound is not present as in the propeller type. They are as efficient and crank out the same amount of kw. Perhaps the council should “shop around” more and see if there aren’t better deals than propeller wind turbines. Mariah Power in Nevada has a Windspire that would be good-looking, no noise, doesn’t kill birds.
    http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/mariah-power-low-cost-wind-energy/
    ..Url for the site

  6. July 14, 2018 at 9:19 am

    this is a prime example of corrupt politics at work. validating the corrupt actions by spending a boat load of taxpayer dollars to handpicked select groups to tout the enormous financial benefits of wind turbines, simply to cover up the inevitable stamp of approval of county council! What can we do? Take a stand and say no, SHOUT NO! then vote em out! We simply don’t have to stand by and let it happen , stand up , speak out , show up , call the council office or better yet make a visit ! don’t take no for a answer . hey people its our money we sure have a say about how its spent ! And who is spending it MR DUNN! And let me say any elected official who refuses to listen to the people can be ousted even before election time, yes that’s correct, we the people have the ultimate say ! Since its “our county , our money ” we will dictate the direction we want to go! So be careful MR DUNN and the rest of the corrupt council, your days of just doing what benefits you the most in appearance or personally are over jack! I always say “GOD HELP US ” and rightfully so , but we have to do our part as well , God provides worms for the birds but they are required to go pick em up! Its time for us to take a bold stand, and when we do we can rest assured that our God will help us just as He promised! We can have honest people in office that will listen to the people , LETS DO IT !

  7. RR
    July 14, 2018 at 9:45 am

    They can stop this windmill stuff but no, they are now spending tax payer money to fund plans to justify the project. Only a few are going to make any long-term windmill profits. Everyone else will loose especially if you own a rural home your property values will crash some will not be able to recoup what they still owe on their home if they decide to sell out. Just think, if you allow these windmills in your county your stuck with them and really if you want to sell your home and move who would want to by a home that has windmills all around their home.

  8. Jeff Hall
    July 14, 2018 at 10:45 am

    70 turbines in Tipton county created a 25000 acre dead economic zone . Eon wanted 200 turbines just on the east side of the county . How many non participating land owners are going to be affected and lose us of their land?

  9. Valerie Bobo
    July 14, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Please don’t waste county money on a study until you put it to a county wide vote. We work hard for that money.

  10. jason M
    July 14, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    The bad thing about all this is they don’t have to listen to any of us and they seem to really not care about what the people of Clinton county want its all about their money not the county

  11. Karen Smith
    July 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Anyone who will benefit from these monstrosities personally should not be the final decision makers whether they are allowed or not. They are harmful to everything around them and are not sustainable without subsidies. Please don’t make our county a place no one wants to move to.

  12. Rose Peterson
    July 15, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I think Mr. Dunn needs to get out of this because of conflict of interest. The County Council has other things that require attention without blowing the taxpayer dollars this way. We don’t need these ugly things taking up our views. The sky belongs to all of us and to enjoy the scenery as the Lord has made it. Greed is behind all of this. Put this to a vote and stop the illegal process of just a few making our decisions for us. This is what has happened in the past to our country and why should we as citizens put up with this nonsense. Vote them out.

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