We-Care SD Inc., is the organization that called on you to vote “yes” on July 18, to make safe setbacks regarding the proposed wind farm. Thanks again to those of you who supported the half-mile setback and the waiver, as that is now a Lincoln County ordinance.
Our members have been hearing that there are people wondering “what’s going on with the proposed wind farm now?”
We wonder that, too; therefore, we are holding our position to stay active and strong in watching out for the county regarding any new activity. A lot of our signs are down to take a break, but they will be back up with any new development.
Recently, the Commission passed an ordinance for an Obstacle Avoidance Collision System that would have to be installed on any industrial wind tower erected in Lincoln County. Basically, this means there would be no flickering lights at night from the towers. Lights would only come on when an aircraft approaches. We continue to be vigilant about watching for any new ordinance changes regarding wind turbines, as it is still possible for them to be built with the correct waiver and providing they meet the setback.
The next ordinance the Commission will be dealing with is the decommissioning of the towers should they go up and then for any reason would be left unused and become dysfunctional. It should not be the responsibility of Lincoln County or its residents to take down a tower that is no longer in use. We will also be watching this ordinance change closely.
We-Care, as always, will do everything we can to watch those in authority as they continue working with industrial wind energy proposals and at the same time, strive to protect the safety of the citizens in this county.
Your friends are watching your back in Lincoln County.
Cheryl Johnson, member, We-Care SD Inc.
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