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Peoria County Board should reject wind turbine in residential area

We are opposed to the building of a 70-foot tall wind turbine near our home that would tower over the area’s trees and homes. Residential zoning laws prohibit this but some on the Peoria County Board are willing to allow the construction. This, in spite of solid opposition from the neighborhood, Medina Township Plan Commission, Medina Town Board and the Peoria County Zoning Board of Appeals.

The issue will be decided this evening.

We live two doors from the planned wind turbine site, on the banks of the Illinois River. The reasons for our opposition:

1) Turbines consistently have been shown to be noisy.

2) Turbines act as a repellent to wildlife. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife recommend not building turbines near protected wildlife areas. Bald eagles are still protected.

3) Health risks from living near windmills exist; guidelines have been implemented by the World Health Organization.

4) Turbines have been shown to lower property values.

5) It is the precedent case for a residentially zoned wind turbine site in Peoria County.

6) Zoning laws are in place to protect property rights and values. They should not be changed, especially given the opposition of an entire neighborhood and its other local governing bodies.

Please plan to attend the Peoria County Board meeting at 6 p.m. tonight on the fourth floor of the Peoria County Courthouse.

Ted and Lisa Rogers