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Wind ordinances faces changes  

MAGNOLIA TOWNSHIP – Wind turbines could be built closer than a half mile to homes in Magnolia Township if affected homeowners agree, under a revised draft of an ordinance being considered by the town board.

The board will present the revised draft at a public hearing Thursday. The change would allow wind turbines to be constructed closer than a half mile to homes with the homeowner’s consent, town board member Kurt Bartlett said.

The original draft would have required that wind turbines be at least a half-mile from all structures and 1,000 feet from property lines.

The board decided by a 3-0 vote Tuesday to extend a moratorium on the construction of such wind turbines an additional three months. The current moratorium is set to expire July 17. The extension goes into effect July 17 and will expire Oct. 17.

“We’re getting close (to having an ordinance),” Bartlett said told the board and the 20 others in attendance.

The board debated whether to extend the moratorium for six months, but Bartlett told the board he believed there would be an ordinance drafted within three months and that a six-month extension would be too long.

The board decided in December imposed the initial moratorium, saying it could not regulate the health and safety of citizens without an ordinance.

By Gina Duwe


11 June 2008

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