The following is the speech that I gave at the Clinton County Planning and Zoning Board meeting on January 22, 2016 that I would like to share with your readers.
“Mr. Chairman, members of the board, I am Mary Jo Sloan, and I have lived in Clinton County for all of my life. I want to thank you for giving me an opportunity to speak tonight regarding the amendment for a moratorium for the wind turbine application. I also want to thank all of you for serving on this board and giving your time for the residents of this county. I am in support of the moratorium. Your job as members of the Planning and Zoning Board is to protect the health, safety, and the general welfare of the people of Clinton County. Most of us live here for the quiet rural environment and the beauty of our county. You will be making a decision that will certainly change the quality of life for all of us. This change will be for the rest of our lives. The contracts that a few landowners have signed are for 90 years. Stop and think about that for a minute. 90 years. You have a very big decision to make.
You need time to study, read, investigate, make phone calls to people, and I hope take a field trip or two to see some industrial wind turbine complexes. Look around the area for vacant homes, shadow flicker, listen to the noise. Pay attention to the landscape. Ask yourself is this going to preserve and protect the quality of life for the people in Clinton County? This decision cannot be made in haste. We are all depending on you to do your homework and to do it well.
To be continued ………
Mary Jo Sloan
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