Petitioners hope to block wind turbines in Douglas County

LAWRENCE, Kan. – You’ll see wind turbines driving throughout sure rural elements of Kansas and Missouri. But they may very well be coming a bit of nearer to the Kansas City metro.

Dozens of Douglas County owners spoke out at a gathering in Lawrence Wednesday in opposition to a doable plan to add them.

The owners stated it wasn’t a debate about clear or various vitality, however ensuring there are stringent rules in place if it certainly is coming right here. Though after about three hours of public remark overwhelming in opposition to the a handful of fresh vitality supporters spoke nearly saying stringent rules could be a devastating blow to vitality corporations.

Dawn Huddleston and her household have lived in Southwest Douglas County a pair miles south of Lonestar Lake for generations.

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“We have been stewards of the land for six generations and what is being proposed involves stripping the land and pouring concrete piers,’ she said.

According to County leaders there’s no application to install wind turbines. But opponents have been tracking on a map which neighbors they say have signed agreements to be compensated for installing the up to 600 foot turbines on their land. They say those turbines could negatively impact property value and their health.

“A representative from the county said it would be like a dishwasher. We all live with sounds of things like running dishwashers. But you can imagine standing out here and hearing a constant roar sounds like a running dishwasher its quite different than a few minutes while your dishes are washing,” Huddleston stated.

Now Douglas County is trying to replace rules on wind turbines handed again in 2017, None have been constructed in the county earlier than or since.

“I know how hard it is to get the county to move forward on any type of issue and I can’t imagine they are doing this without an applicant,” Ralph Bauer stated.

Fourteen-hundred signatures have been submitted at Wednesday’s assembly asking the turbines be banned.

“I’m a firm believer in residential wind and solar, but when we get into the industrial part of solar and wind I’m not for it . It effects too many people pollutants in the ground all the concrete the steel just so many things,” John Landon stated.

And if the turbines will not be banned altogether most audio system throughout almost 4 hours of public remark needed the Douglas County Commission to uphold suggestions made by planning and zoning in January of a 2,500 foot setback from any property that hasn’t signed a deal to set up one on their land.

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‘I’m in favor of constructing these rules very stringent to preserve these menaces out of the county,” Jay Kauffman stated.

There was additionally dialogue amongst county leaders whether or not it ought to be modified to 1500 ft from any house.

“I was figuring 5 or 6 (turbines) with the 2,500 foot setback. If it goes down to 1,500 I can not even tell you it could be a lot more,” Huddleston stated.

Wind Energy rules have been the one merchandise on the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. assembly.

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Commissioners ended up starting their dialogue about 10:15 p.m. Early parts of the assembly have been disrupted when Commissioners requested then required a person with an indication vital of one of many commissioner to transfer out of the trail to the microphone and away from county workers.

Justin Spiehs was finally arrested and booked on interfering with conduct of a public assembly when he declined to transfer after they resumed the assembly following a recess.

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