IDA GROVE, IA –
When you drive into Ida Grove, you see dozens of wind turbines in the distance.
It’s part of a project that the county says by 2024, will generate over two million dollars for them.
But there are some people who aren’t happy with these large towers.
There are over a hundred Ida County residents crammed into the county courthouse who are worried.
“There’s a lot of concern out there,” said Brett Bergman, a resident in Ida County.
Nearly all of them are unhappy with the implementation of Wind Turbines in Ida County.
“There’s no listening to the birds, you don’t listen to the fish,” a concerned female resident said.
“I hate ’em,” Bergman said.
“I find my kids sleeping on the dining room floor,” Matt Bergman, who is also a resident in Ida County, said. “Why? Because they were too noisy.”
“I mean it’s just noisy,” that female resident said.
There are more than 130 of these wind turbines that span parts of Ida County’s Countryside, and some feel they are a nuisance.
Which is why the county’s supervisors held an informational meeting to hear from people who aren’t satisfied with their implementation.
“I hope they don’t put any more wind turbines up in Ida County,” Matt Bergman said.
But County Supervisor Chairman Rhett Leonard says he’s spoken with people who are actually in favor of these turbines.
“I’ve heard from people who live next to them who don’t have any problems with them,” Leonard said. “I understand it affects people differently, that’s what we’re learning anyway, what’s being presented to us.”
“As the state continues to grow, continues to evolve,” Kevin Parzyck, the Vice President of Development at Invenergy, said, “they’re looking at new technologies and wind energy is right in the middle of all of that.”
“Where are we going to be at in 10 years,” Brett Bergman asked. “You know, at one point, they thought lead paint was going to be a good idea and now everyone says we’re not going to put lead paint anywhere.”
“It has crossed my mind to leave Ida County but from where I live I can see all five of my sibling’s houses. I like being around my family and I’m afraid my family wouldn’t leave,” Matt Bergman said.
“There’s no time like the present to address any concerns they might have so let’s do it,” Parzyck said.
Leonard says the next step will be to take these complaints and information and talk them over with the other two supervisors, to see whether a change has to be made.
He says the money generated from these turbines will help fund much needed infrastructure improvements.
If they get rid of these turbines, Leonard says that money will potentially have to come from taxes.
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