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February 23, 2013

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Can you hear me now?

Members of the public have a difficult time hearing Tipton County Council members during discussions in the courthouse’s John Tipton Room, despite the presence of a sound system.

Two newly-elected members of the council, Jim Powell and Jim Ashley, asked Tuesday about converting a first floor room into a meeting room for all public meetings. They suggested that a sound system being installed by professionals so everyone can hear what is taking place.

Ashley and Powell requested that the Tipton County Commissioners look into the costs of converting the first floor space into a meeting room for the county council, commissioners, Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

The first floor room would need extensive remodeling since there are heating and air conditioning duct work and pipes hanging from the ceiling.

Commissioner Joe VanBibber said converting the space for a meeting room has been discussed, but with the support from the council the proposal would move forward.

“People make the effort to attend the meetings, they have a right to hear what is taking place,” Ashley said.

On the grid

One of the better questions concerning the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm in western Tipton County, is a simple one.

Why put a wind farm there?

During the past week juwi Wind officials have conducted two open houses, conducted a telephone conference call and met with the Tipton Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Rucker, CEO of juwi, was asked Tuesday why the company decided to bring the project to Tipton County?

Rucker said the process started with computerized wind maps of the entire U.S., access to transmission lines and capability to put power on the electrical grid. He said wind farm projects work better on land being farmed or ranched.

“When you put all the factors together, the viable areas for a wind farm becomes small,” he said.

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