Juwi Wind and the leaseholders responded with very strong accusatory statements, claiming the BZA had done something wrong.
The BZA did not do anything wrong! The people who overstepped their authority and were reporting to juwi and the leaseholders the BZA had agreed to hear the request are those who are responsible for the deception.
Although I am on the positive side of the BZA’s decision, I understand why juwi and the leaseholders would be angry, since they were told the BZA had already agreed to hear the request. But the anger should not be directed at the three members of the BZA, who simply chose to stick with their current rules and procedures. Instead, the anger should be directed toward those who are in frequent communication with a company they signed agreements with and who manipulate their employees to carry out their wishes.
This should be a wake-up call to all citizens. Had it not been for three strong men who refused to be pushed around, then the arrogance and manipulation by self-serving elected executives would have continued. Follow the pecking order. Be angry at the bosses and not the BZA board.
Politicians only listen to the good ol’ boys
The problem with Tipton County is that it’s been run by self-interested farmers for years! They still think they should have control and complete power over the entire county!
There are 274 farm families that own ground in the county, and a great percentage don’t live here. They want to control the 16,000 residents. They want to put wind turbines — as many as 850 units — anywhere in the county. For a few extra dollars, they are willing to lease their land for 30 to 50 years to a government program.
The BZA, after nine hours of testimony, ruled a setback from a property line of 1,500 feet for the juwi project was fair. The county council was very critical of this decision at its meeting Aug. 1. Some members even said such a decision shouldn’t have gone to them.