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February 18, 2013

Letter to the editor - Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

What are we doing to ‘God’s country’?

We are writing this letter as a plea to all rural residents of Tipton County.

Much is being said right now regarding the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm. We want to thank the Kokomo Tribune for trying to keep everyone aware of what’s happening with this issue. Had we not seen the article in the paper in December, we would never have attended the meeting at Tri-Central regarding the tax abatement issue.

Since that time we have learned a great deal more than we ever thought we would need to know about wind energy. The reason for this is we, too, are facing the fact that a wind turbine will basically be in the field right across from our home. Juwi called our home recently to ask if we would like to participate in a telephone conference call to learn all about wind energy. How ironic that we have never been contacted by anyone in Tipton County over the past two years while all of the leasing negotiations and rezoning ideas were taking place.

Oversight? We hardly think so. Only the land owners, juwi and Tipton County officials knew what was taking place right under our noses.

Some readers have said we just begrudge the farmers making money on this project. If doing something on their properties has a profound effect on our property value and, more importantly, the health and well-being of our family, then yes, we do take issue with this.

We urge everyone in Tipton County to drive east of Windfall to see this firsthand. This area is truly just the tip of the iceberg. When all five phases are completed, Tipton County will be covered with monstrous wind turbines within 1,250 feet of people’s homes (not property edge).

Now juwi is proposing a buffer zone of 3,000 feet around Prairie Acres, Sharpsville and the Kelley farm. What about all the rest of us not in those areas?

The first project, Wildcat Wind Farm, has been constructed with these turbines, and the horizon has been forever changed. Seeing one turbine after another, some rotating at different speeds, is almost dizzying. These homeowners will never again watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset without these eyesores ruining the view — not to mention the KNOWN facts regarding all the side effects.

Obviously, the Wildcat Wind Farm area is less heavily populated than Prairie Breeze. If we don’t try our best to defeat this, the property value results may be devastating for hundreds of rural homeowners all over Tipton County who want this stopped.

When we bought our home 10 years ago, a neighbor said, “Welcome to Tipton County ... God’s country!” What in heaven’s name are we doing to it? We do not want to live in an “industrialized” area and should have that right!

Please make that trip to Windfall, contact your county officials, go to the website “tiptonwindconcerns” and most of all, attend the zoning board meeting in Tipton on Feb. 25. We need to help defeat the expansion of something that is truly unwanted by hundreds of families!

Dave and Joyce Wise, Tipton

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