As residents of the Selma area, we are adamantly opposed to the addition of a wind farm in the Albany-Desoto-Selma area.
We had no desire to view unsightly 500-foot wind turbines in our backyard, nor the interference into our private lives that they will produce: sound and light pollution, mechanical failures and depressed home value.
Sadly, we may not be able to stop this industry from coming, since the county commissioners did not consider a proposed moratorium, but we can ensure that the process is done responsibly for the safety and welfare of all of us.
The process that this wind “farm” company has utilized not only violates homeowners’ rights, but it circumvents Indiana’s zoning and building processes. Since the land is leased from area landowners, this company can, in effect, build commercial business on rural land – without any regulation – unless Delaware County’s Planning Commission mandates a strong county ordinance for these businesses.
Delaware County must create a tough, safe county ordinance that ensures the safety of all homeowners in eastern Delaware County. This ordinance must mandate a two mile setback for each wind turbine. The ordinance must also include conditions for numerous liabilities for the safety and health of each residence.
The planning commission will meet on June 6. Wind energy may be a viable alternative energy source for the future, but like every industry, wind energy must be instituted with regulation and safety procedures intact.
RYAN and ANITA GLAZE
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