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Coralville council critical of wind turbine

The Coralville City Council directed the mayor to submit a letter to the Johnson County Board of Adjustment recommending a wind turbine not be placed in an open area north of Coralville at its meeting Tuesday.

Todd Hammond of Iowa Energy Alternatives had planned to install the turbine near the First Christian Church on Lincolnshire Place, off North Dubuque Street.

Councilor Tom Gill voiced concerns about the lack of zoning provisions for a tower that high.

“Are you going to have these things all over the place?” he said.

“That’s the goal,” Hammond responded and went on to tout what he labeled as the benefits of the urban wind turbine. “It’s designed to be used in urban settings. We have projects in Marion, Marshalltown, and other cities. In a setting such as this, the turbine would offset their electricity use by 80 to 100 percent.”

Councilor John Weihe also voiced concerns over the project.

“At this point, I don’t think we want to be jumping on the bandwagon,” he said.

The Daily Iowan

13 June 2007