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Adair County Supervisors pass turbine resolution

ADAIR COUNTY – Following a series of meetings which included the topic of wind turbines, the Adair County Supervisors passed a resolution Wednesday morning related to a more comprehensive ordinance on the structures.

Adair County Auditor Mindy Schaefer said the board passed the resolution during its meeting Wednesday morning and there was little discussion about the resolution and no public comments about it during consideration.

The supervisors had previously passed an ordinance related to where the turbines could be placed, which states that a turbine is required to be set back 2,000 feet from a non-participating house, and 800 feet from non-participating landower.

But, there was discussion about whether a more comprehensive ordinance should be passed, and if more study should be done about the turbines, including aspects like 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, if needed.

There was also discussion about having a committee to do the study, and who should be part of the committee, including members of the public, and if they should be appointed or apply to be part of it.

Following legal advice, the board agreed to have a resolution written that said if the board, including the current one or future boards, were approached to change the ordinance related to where the wind turbines could be placed or there was a reason to discuss the set backs in the ordinance, a more comprehensive ordinance would need to be in place before any changes could be made.

β€œIt is the consensus of the current Board of Supervisors that should a future Board of Supervisors permit additional wind energy projects in the County that such future Board of Supervisors should consider whether a comprehensive study or comprehensive ordinance regulating wind energy would be in the public interest,” officials wrote in the resolution.