Residents opposed to a wind farm project in Two Creeks have filed a complaint in Manitowoc County Circuit Court requesting a permit extension for the project be nullified.
Jerome Hlinak, of rural Two Rivers, his neighbors and members of Wisconsin Independent Citizens Opposing Windturbine Sites (WINDCOWS) claim they are aggrieved by the Manitowoc County Board of Adjustment’s decision to uphold the project’s two-year extension.
Navitas Energy Inc. has proposed building 49 wind turbines in Two Rivers, Mishicot and Two Creeks, dubbed the Twin Creeks Wind Park.
Hlinak and others are asking the court to order the permit extension null and void and order the BOA to pay their attorney fees and costs.
Pete Tarnowski, Manitowoc County senior planner, in December granted the permit extension. In March, Hlinak filed an appeal with the BOA to review Tarnowski’s decision. The BOA denied Hlinak’s appeal after discussing the issue at two May meetings.
Navitas told county officials it was unable to complete its project because of difficulty obtaining turbines caused by increased demand and delays in connecting with an electric grid and ordering supplies.
Hlinak and others claim the BOA wrongly concluded Tarnowski had the authority to approve the extension under the county’s recently revised ordinance without also applying other provisions in the new ordinance.
By Kristopher Wenn
21 June 2008
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