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June 30, 2013

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The governor’s aspirations toward higher office are no secret, but every day which passes brings a highly controversial decision on the proposed amendment closer to Pence’s lap.

Mystery ‘buyer’ bails out

We have about 45 years of newspaper experience between us, but we have to go back a ways to recall a public debate with the contentiousness of the wind farm issue.

As a case in point, there’s the story of Dave Johnson, who lives near the Wildcat Wind Farm, who said he’s had no offers on his farm for the past year, and who said the appraised value on his property declined by $65,000 after the wind farm began operations. After his complaint became public, we received a call from some guy who said he was interested in buying Johnson’s place. We mentioned the supposed interest in Public Eye, but sadly for Johnson, the mystery buyer never made an offer, or even contacted Johnson. That makes us wonder if it wasn’t just a political stunt.

“Until I hear otherwise, I stand by my claim that a home in close proximity to wind turbines is nearly impossible to sell, at least at a reasonable price,” Johnson said.

Better late than never

Back on April 24, Tipton County Clerk Debbie Tragesser sent by certified mail a court transcript to the Indiana Court of Appeals. It was finally delivered June 5 in Indianapolis.

Tragesser was told by officials with the United States Postal Service that they couldn’t locate the transcript and offered to reimburse the county the $10 cost for mailing the certified letter. Tragesser was concerned the county would have to pay for the creation of another copy of the transcript at an unknown cost.

 

 

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