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County approves wind ordinance  

By a vote of 22-1, the Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday ordinances for large and small wind energy systems in the town of Newton, the first municipality in the county to adopt its own wind energy ordinance.

The Newton ordinance requires greater distances for wind towers from adjacent properties, but it’s otherwise similar to the county wind energy ordinances adopted last year, according to Steve Rollins, county corporation counsel.

Under the Newton ordinance, wind towers must be at least 1.2 times the total height of the large wind system from the property line of a participating property and at least 1,000 feet from any occupied or habitable building not located on the property on which the tower is located.

In other business, the board unanimously approved $20,000 in grant funds toward the purchase of 10 laptop computers for squad cars. The laptops will use National Model Traffic and Criminal Software for law enforcement data collection and Department of Transportation crash data entry.

The system will be used to allow agencies and courts to send electronic records to the state for use in developing state and local public safety programs.

Herald Times Reporter


15 February 2007

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