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Village extends wind turbine moratorium

Village board trustees unanimously approved extending a six-month moratorium on the construction, installation and operation of wind turbines at the Sept. 27 board meeting.

Last March, Mayor Terry Weppler directed staff to adopt portions of Lake County’s ordinance regarding wind turbines into the village’s zoning code.

The Plan Commission has completed their work on the revision to the Wind Turbine Ordinance and the report will be presented at a future village board meeting.

The moratorium does not restrict the use of wind turbines that were lawfully installed prior to the effective date of the ordinance. The moratorium will expire in March 2012.

In July, a Lake County judge denied Libertyville residents’ request for Aldridge Electric Co. to remove its wind turbine. Residents say the village did not notify residents between a plan commission meeting in 2008 and board meeting in 2009, when the board unanimously agreed to allow the company to build the wind turbine.

Citizens for the Protection of Libertyville, a group that sued Aldridge Electric and the village after the turbine was installed in 2009, is currently in the middle of negotiating a settlement agreement regarding a nusiance objection.

At previous meetings, residents have said the wind turbine is a nuisance because of the loud noises and shadow flickers.