Edgar County, IL. (ECWd) -
At today's meeting of the Edgar County Board, the Board heard public comment, then discussed and voted to approve a Wind Zoning Ordinance establishing a 3250 foot setback from the base of a Wind Turbine, to the closest primary structure (house, etc).
These setbacks can be waived by the affected property owners.
We will update this article with a copy of the Ordinance when it becomes available.
During public comment:
- Kirk Allen, ECWd, spoke on Wind Farms and the need to amend the ordinance being proposed.
- State Representative Brad Halbrook spoke about the legislative history of Wind Ordinance Zoning and decommissioning requirements,
- Cindy Ihrke, a Ford County Board member spoke on the importance of an effective Wind Ordinance,
- John Kraft, ECWd, spoke about an agreement Mt. Pulaski School District almost entered into, and later declined to sign,
- Ted Hartke provided information to the Board, and you can read it (HERE), and,
- Brocton area resident, Will Cooley, talked about the proposed Ordinance and decommissioning costs
This particular meeting was a great example of good governance as they allowed discussion from the public and even asked questions of those who had first-hand experience with Wind Farms. Other local governments could learn a lesson from today's meeting.
Watch the meeting below: