A wind test tower similar to the one Chicago-based wind developer Invenergy will place on the Blacks’ Talbot Road property already exists on the Ault Road property of Boyd McCarty.
Adjacent property owners Bob and Diane McConnell filed an appeal with the Champaign County Common Pleas Court, petitioning the Union Township Zoning Commission Board of Appeals decision to allow New-York-based wind energy developer Everpower to construct the test tower on McCarty’s property.
The test towers – at 190 and 196 feet tall – are temporarily built to test wind speed and determine if the area is a viable place for proposed future wind turbines.
“We’re not against wind energy, we’re against its placement in a semi-residential area,” Diane McConnell said.
Everpower has proposed building several 500-foot turbines throughout Union, Wayne and Salem townships in Champaign County and also through some townships in Logan County.
The Ault Road test tower was constructed before the McConnell’s appeal was filed, they said.
“We were hoping that by filing an appeal, there would be a delay in the process, for more time to look into this,” Bob McConnell said.
A ruling on the appeal has not yet been made.
By Natalie Morales
13 June 2007
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