The public had its voice heard Thursday night at the Livingston County Board meeting, particularly on the subject of a proposed wind farm in the Fairbury area.
In what was a meeting with a short agenda, eight people took an hour to voice concerns about the new set of turbines the county is potentially looking to construct in the Fairbury area. The project, even though it wasn’t on the agenda, was met with many concerns by the general public attending.
Whether the people were part of a third or fourth generation farming family or just moved to the area in the last decade, all speaking voiced their concerns, including the sounds the turbines made, the economic impact to the area in case the project goes bankrupt, the issues with constructing too close to homes, the sizes of the turbines and the legitimacy of the company wanting to construct in the area.
Some even worried about health problems to humans and animals caused by the turbines, as well as the landscape being degraded by them.
Board Chairman Marty Fannin thanked all who came and spoke up about the wind farms.
Board member Carolyn Gerwin also had a completed petition for a special meeting and 90-day moratorium for the further discussion of the proposed project.
In other county business, the board passed a resolution requesting legislators act to secure the Mexico/U.S. border.
Appointments of Robert McCarty to the Mental Health 377 Board, Laura Leslie to the Mental Health 708 Board, Paul Gray to the Northeast Sullivan Mona Drainage District and Diana Trout Iverson to the Zoning Board of Appeals were approved, as was a part time accounting assistant for county bookkeeping.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Livingston County Historic Courthouse.
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