Secondly, this Tribune story effectively reverses my testimony at this meeting. The story states I told the commissioners they “… did a good job …” with the amended EDA. My testimony to the commissioners was steeped in sarcasm. Yes, I sarcastically congratulated the commissioners on getting an increased setback, lowered noise requirement by 5 decibels, received consideration for red-light shields and an additional $500,000 from E.ON. However, my testimony ended with my stating that E.ON got exactly what it wanted. E.ON got the commissioners’ continued support to build phases II and III of the Wildcat Wind Farm over the objections of the citizens present in the meeting room (and implied those not present in the meeting room in Howard County who have objected as well).
It’s certainly a shame that our local newspaper alters the events of such a critical meeting, which will certainly go down in the annals of Howard County history as the key point in which our commissioners capitulated to the money offered by the E.ON wind farm, over the objections of most certainly a majority of the citizens.
Colin Brett McNeill