Libertyville officials have agreed to extend a moratorium on wind turbine construction.
The temporary ban has been extended six months. Mayor Terry Weppler wants more time to discuss proposed restrictions commissioners want placed on wind turbines.
“I don’t want to rule them out completely, but in my opinion the current ordinance almost virtually does,” Weppler said.
The sound level the plan commission says is allowable for wind turbines to emit is so low at 40 decibels that it would be nearly impossible to operate a wind turbine that meets the proposed criteria, Weppler said.
Dave Gates, a member of the group Citizens for the Protection of Libertyville, which lost its fight to have a 150-foot-tall wind turbine that abuts homes in Libertyville turned off, says its time to come to a resolution on the issue after more than three years of discussions.
He says the commissioners latest draft ordinance addresses the group’s concerns about noise.
“If you put (a wind turbine) far away from residences-it would be far away enough from people’s homes that the sound levels could be achieved,” Gates said. “It’s a really well-written ordinance. It sets up a situation where industrial machines can’t be set up next to people’s homes.”
Village board members should have an opportunity to discuss the ordinance at a committee of the whole meeting before making a vote, Weppler said, adding he also wants to see a conclusion to the long line of discussions on the wind energy topic.
“I agree we need to get it done,” he said.
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