There is to be a Tipton County Plan Commission public hearing at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Tipton County 4-H building.
This hearing has more importance to the future of Tipton County than the March 20 BZA hearing. This is the time and place where the Tipton County Planning Commission will decide whether Tipton County will be the home of more than 800 industrial wind turbines.
If residents oppose Tipton County being filled with 500-foot wind turbines, then you need to be there and voice your opposition. The current proposed changes to the county wind ordinance do not restrict wind farm development in Tipton County. It’s a compromise plan that still favors wind farm companies.
Jason Henderson, planning commission president, formed an ad hoc committee to discuss changes to the current zoning. Some of these ad hoc recommendations were added to the proposed changes. The most important one, a property value guarantee, was not.
Wind farm developers keep telling us they see no drop in property values in the studies they read. If that’s the case, then it’s not going to cost them anything but a sheet of paper to write me a guarantee – and I would supply the paper. So why the resistance to writing us one?
The answer is they know the studies they read are flawed. There’s big money to be made by the wind companies, and they don’t want to give it back to the property owners in a guarantee they know they would have to honor.
To the wind companies, if you really believe in the studies you have read, then put up or get out of Tipton County. To all the government officials pushing a pro-wind agenda, you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth again.
First, you complain the county is losing population and our high schools will have to combine to keep them going. Then you want to put 800 industrial wind turbines in the county. What are you thinking? Do you really think you are going to attract young, affluent families to Tipton County? What happened to your common sense? Does the money have you blinded?
It’s time officials start listening to the residents. I’ve been to the meetings when hundreds of opponents show up. It’s time to listen to them.
The current large wind turbine language needs to be eliminated from the ordinance – now.
To anyone who does not want wind farms in Tipton County, this may be your last chance. Go to the hearing, sign up to speak, get up and simply say, “No wind farms in Tipton County.” It won’t cost you a thing and might just save Tipton County from being the place no one wants to live and raise a family.