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Commissioners address wind turbine lawsuit 

Commissioners addressed another heated topic and took steps to make public research in the wind turbine lawsuit that they have been working on for the past few months.

On March 3, Judge Tracy Klinginsmith asked for commissioners to provide more information on why they made their 2-1 decision to ban wind turbines in June 2004.

Per the request and advice from the county’s legal council in this case, Attorney William Frost, commissioners directed Zoning Administrator David Stuewe to gather the information as requested by Klinginsmith, and after reviewing the information in the course of executive sessions, the 11-page packet of information was made public Monday.

Frost reviewed the document with commissioners and for the benefit of the crowd gathered at the meeting, outlining it point by point.

Following Frost’s review, commissioners made a motion to proceed with making “An Action of the Board of County Commission of Wabaunsee County, Kansas” public.

In the course of the vote, Commission Chairman Ervan Stuewe, who was the dissenting vote in the June 2004 ban on wind turbines, clarified his position.

“I support the motion to adopt the document presented because I believe it sets forth the facts and conclusions that were relied upon by a majority of the Commission when it voted 2-1 in favor of the resolution to ban industrial wind turbines in Wabaunsee County,” he said. “I opposed that resolution because I believed strict regulations would be less difficult to defend than a total ban of wind farms.”


By Sarah Gooding
for The Wabaunsee County Signal-Enterprise


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