The ongoing wind farm controversy has blown the sitting Town of Forest board out of office.
A recall election on Tuesday, held in conjunction with the Wisconsin primary, went to the three challengers in the contest.
For the chairman position, Jamie Junker gathered 194 votes and incumbent Roger Swanepoel had 123 votes.
For the position of supervisor, challengers Rick Steinberger (207 votes) and Patrick Scepurek (185 votes) were elected. Incumbents Carlton Cress (123 votes) and Douglas Karau (113 votes) were voted out of office.
The recall election was the result of a group of Town of Forest residents who circulated a petition to remove the current board. The petition included the signatures of 93 town residents. A total of 50 signatures was required for a recall election to be conducted.
The group’s main issue with the current board was their approval of a wind project proposed by Emerging Energies LLC, which calls for some 39 turbines to be installed on parcels scattered throughout the township.
Opponents of the plan claim the proposal was approved without appropriate notice and participation from the public.
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