I would like to thank two members of the Tipton County Plan Commission for their compassion, concern, and bravery in speaking out against the further development of Industrial Wind Turbines in Tipton County at Thursday nights Plan Commission meeting.
Mr. Ashley stated unequivocally that there is no place in Tipton County for Industrial Wind Turbines. He furthered his point by saying that in 2008 when he and others were working on the ordinance they could not foresee that “ultimately Tipton would be covered with windmills over two-thirds of its geographical area”.
Mrs. Tragesser and Mr. Ashley expressed concerns over population density, property value loss, set back issues, sound issues, and safety. Mr. Ashley cited Benton County as an example, providing other members of the commission maps of turbine siting, where there might be zero to one residential properties per square mile, there are between four to six in Tipton County. He also called for a moratorium for two to three years to study the further effects of turbines, including property sales, complaint remediation, and actual tax revenue received by the county. Noting that many counties around Tipton have done the same.
Mrs. Tragesser gave an impassioned speech saying that while landowners have a right to do what they wish with their own property, it could not be at the expense of their neighbor. Stating that it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for the health and safety of our neighbors and if we were to destroy one life because of the turbines would it really be worth it?
Well said, we are truly blessed to have these people representing the citizens of Tipton County.
Theresa Vaughn, Tipton
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