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Letter: ‘Quality of life’ at stake for area residents  

Credit:  Argus Leader | May 26, 2017 | www.argusleader.com ~~

In regards to signing a petition for wind turbines, my guess is most signing never attended one meeting in the county on the matter, so lack the ability to sign with an educated idea of what can happen. The commissioners have held numerous public hearings on the wind power plant. At one of those meetings, citizens were told to move if they did noy like it by an individual. A half-mile setback is very small and is still too close to residences. However, it does negate some of the safety and welfare concerns for citizens. The wind company wants to force residents to face wind turbines at aproximately 1,000 to 1,200 feet from the walls of their home, not even to the property line that residents pay taxes on. All residents will be affected by flashing red lights, noise levels, heavy equipment, shadow flicker. The lights and towers will be seen across the county for miles. Land is signed up in more than just four townships

The noise will be 24/7 – 365 and will most likely disturb sleep for rural residents including the elderly, the sick and school-aged children

If given a choice to purchase a home in the confines of an industrial power plant, with 100 to 500 turbines 1,200 feet away from your front door, or a quiet, safe home, with none of them in the area, where do you think homebuyers will purchase and what about those who cannot sell? What happens to that investment? Ask yourself if you are willing to condemn hundreds of homes with families by your vote? Think before you sign to override the commissioners who carefully considered the health safety and welfare of citizens over dollar signs for a few. Do not vote to ruin the quality of life for residents.

Jennifer Fischer, Beresford

Source:  Argus Leader | May 26, 2017 | www.argusleader.com

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