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Follow zoning board’s advice

Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I attended many sessions of the public hearings for the Green River Wind Farm. Turbines are not friendly to farming at all.

They interfere with nearly every aspect of modern farming, including GPS reception and aerial crop spraying. In this project, it will be nearly impossible to keep hundreds or thousands of acres from flooding because of the heavy equipment and the access roads they will be building over shallow tile and the above-ground flow of water.

Information required by Lee County ordinance was missing from Mainstream’s petition and was pointed out the first night. All that was offered by Mainstream seemed to be promises and excuses. They never did provide all the information during the hearing.

A big concern to me is that if I, or any Lee County resident, would ask for a special use petition from the zoning board as incomplete as Mainstream’s, I would be sent home and told to come back when I got it right.

I would have to provide documents to show specifically what I was going to build, how tall it would be, how it operated, and precisely where I was going to build it in relation to my property lines. Mainstream did none of this.

The zoning board would not let me build it anywhere I wanted to, and then come in and tell them what I built. If it was on my best farm ground, they probably wouldn’t even let me build it because of Lee County LESA requirements. The zoning board got this petition right.

Why does the Lee County board not hold wind developers to the same standards that any Lee County citizen must meet? I thought our laws were supposed to be for everyone.

Lee County Board, please follow the zoning board recommendation.

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