ADAIR COUNTY – The discussion on wind turbines continued during Wednesday’s Adair County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting as the board discussed creating a committee to study aspects related to wind turbines.
During a previous meeting, the board approved an ordinance related to where wind turbines could be located, but the idea of having a more comprehensive ordinance was also discussed. On Wednesday, board members discussed creating a committee to study the issue.
“I just think legally we would be doing ourselves a favor to investigate (more about wind turbines),” said Jodie Hoadley, supervisor chairperson.
Some of the topics she suggested being studied include impacts of the sound and flicker of the turbine, possible interference with radio, telephone, internet, GPS, microwave, television signals, and an explanation of the decommission plan for the turbine.
Another supervisor, Matt Wedemeyer, said he thought the previous ordinance, which requires the turbine to be set back 2,000 feet from a non-participating house, and 800 feet from non-participating landower, would likely keep companies from building more turbines in Adair County. However, he was interested in seeing what other county officials had in their wind turbine ordinance.
There was discussion of who should be part of the committee, and suggestions included a supervisor, a member of the conservation board or department, some representing tourism for the county and members of the public. Adding members of the public to the committee brought up a new question of whether people would have to apply to be part of the committee or if the board could just appoint people for it.
In the end, the board approved seeking legal advice on that last point, and several members noted for those may be interested in be part of the committee that it would be time consuming process, and people would be expected to attend all meetings.
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