By GREG SCELLIN
At the request of Fillmore County Supervisor Merle Noel, the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors conducted a conference call with wind-specialist attorney John T. Snow with Hackstaff & Snow, LLC., of Denver, Colo., during the board’s regularly-scheduled meeting last week.
Snow has represented landowners for the past 10-12 years in negotiations with wind developers for projects in Nebraska and Colorado. He told the supervisors his expertise is in liability protection.
During the call, Snow emphasized the importance of having a solid Road Agreement in place before a project is approved. Snow also noted that potential water drainage issues should also be addressed, as well as having a solid decommission plan in place.
“My end goal is to protect the county,” Noel said.
Other items discussed during the call included low-frequency noise; shadow-flickering; set-backs and the ever-increasing heights of wind turbines.
“We want everything set up to the best with no liability to the county,” Noel said.
The county board was in general consensus to have Fillmore County Attorney Jill Cunningham contact Snow for assistance regarding wind farm applications.
The supervisors also discussed when to take up the EDF Renewables, North America, Conditional Use Permit application.
“I would like lots more information before we have that next meeting,” Supervisor Kenny Harre said.
Other meeting notes included:
• Earl Frieden talked with the county board about the Fairview Cemetery in Momence Township. Frieden will work on gaining 35 adult-resident signatures to make the dozen graves an ‘abandoned or neglected pioneer cemetery’ to allow the county to maintain.
• Fillmore County Highway Supt. Pat Halbur reported on progress at the County Shop office building. Work is now down to a punch-list. The slow process of bringing the county’s gravel roads back up to speed was discussed.
• Scott and Jana Schelkopf were granted a CUP to operate a dog-boarding establishment.