Last night’s Tipton County Planning Board meeting of 8-15 was an eye-opener. An ad-hoc committee had worked extremely hard to address issues relating to the Wind ordinance and the board members, with a few exceptions, seemed to be very pleased with their efforts.
After some board discussions, Jim Ashley stated he always tries to represent the “will of the people” – not his own opinion. He also stated if the Wind issue were placed on the public referendum wind farms would be banned in Tipton County. Both, Helen Tragesser and Jim Ashley, showed they had done a lot of research and they indicated that Tipton County may be too populated for wind farms.
Conversely, another board member, Mr. Cohee appeared obstinate and rebelled against any real changes to the ordinance. He said with the 1,500 foot setback from a property line it would be difficult for any additional large wind farm development in Tipton County.
This is the same gentleman who voted for the 1,500 foot property line setback in the BZA meeting of March 20. Based on his comments last night, it is apparent that he hasn’t done any research and he doesn’t intend to be swayed by factual evidence.
Unlike the other board members, Cohee continues to ignore the reality that close proximity of industrial wind turbines and people cause many problems such as those in Wildcat No. 1.
He had the audacity to say he wasn’t impressed by the technical information supporting changes to the Wind ordinance. Furthermore, Cohee stated there are always winners and losers which means non-participating property owners in a wind farm are just collateral damage.
It is sad when you see someone who ignores the misery caused by wind farms and relies on directions from a backroom club. It would seem Cohee has been reprimanded by some big farm leaseholders for his March 20 vote and he would not offend them again.
It is all about the money gained or lost by the leaseholders and their buddies who are a very small minority in Tipton County.
Darrell Pennycoff, Sharpsville
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