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Grant permit for proposed wind farm

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

On April 23, the Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-1 that Mainstream’s application is in compliance with the current Lee County zoning ordinance.

Later, the Lee County Zoning Board voted 3-2 to deny the Mainstream request for a permit.

If Mainstream met all the requirements of the Lee County zoning ordinance, why did the Lee County Zoning Board deny Mainstream a permit?

Our schools are suffering because the state has not paid them what they are owed. Now the state wants to cut transportation funds to almost nothing. The state wants the local districts to pay the teachers’ pensions. Funds from Mainstream would help fill the gap.

Lee County government is seeing a decrease in revenue because of the landfill. What programs will be cut? No deputies to patrol our county? No funds to maintain our roads?

If Mainstream is granted permits, the local economy would expand immensely. Remember, not only do our taxing bodies benefit, but the participating landowners would receive a generous amount each year of their contracts.

I have lived in Lee County for 65 years. I own farmland in Lee County. I pay thousands upon thousands of dollars in property taxes every year.

I live next to the Big Sky wind farm. I do not hear any noise. I do not feel any vibrations. I do not get any shadow flicker. The lights on the turbines do not bother me in the least.

The roads they have repaired are in much better shape than before.

Please protect my constitutionally guaranteed private property rights. My husband and I made a lot of sacrifices and took a lot of chances to pay for this property. I should be the one to make the decision whether I want a wind turbine on my farm.

Mainstream’s application should be granted.

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