Marshall Wind LLC is now trying to erect 5 large utility scale wind turbines in Dallas County, Iowa just outside the city limits of Perry, Iowa. A town located about 25 miles Northwest of Des Moines, Iowa with a population of about 8000 residents.
My husband and I attended a meeting in Adel, Iowa on Tuesday evening February 18, 2014 at 5 pm with the Dallas County Iowa Planning & Zoning Commission. Mr. Murray McConnell is the director of the planning and zoning commission and the board consists of 7 members along with Mr. McConnell. A few of our neighbors were also at this meeting which lasted for about an hour. We had a chance to voice our opinion after we heard from the speaker, Kurt Sherer, who represented Marshall Wind, LLC. He resides in Norwalk, Iowa, and Karsen Rumpf for Marshall Wind, LLC lists a PO Box in Urbandale, Iowa for his address. Mr. Rumpf is also affiliated with Optimum Renewables, LLC.
They had tabled Item # 2 that night which was a proposal for a code ordinance pertaining to these utility wind turbines. Item # 3 was a petition to consider approval of a conditional use permit for 5 separate utility scale wind turbines, each approximately 445’ in height.
These turbines are proposed to be located in an area zoned A-1 in the SW ¼ of Section 14 and in the NW ¼ of section 23, T81N, R28W (Spring Valley) Township.
We and several neighbors are of course adamantly opposed to these gigantic structures and are taking steps to voice our objections and to try & stop this onslaught from Marshall Wind, LLC. It is my understanding that they already have their leases signed with the land owners, and the 1st we as rural residents heard of this was when we got the letter from Dallas County Planning & Zoning.
Please publish this on your website and let others in Perry and Dallas County, Iowa know what is being planned for this area. According to Kurt Sherer, they are not selling power back to the grid. This power is to be ‘sold’ to the city of Perry, Iowa only, and is also going to be available to the Perry, Iowa Industrial Park on the East side of town. All of this is interesting since all the residents along K Avenue & 150th St, are not electric customers of Alliant Energy. We are all on Guthrie Center REC Power.
Thanks for listening
Deanna & Kenneth Beougher
15336 K Avenue
Perry Iowa 50220
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