Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

March 17, 2013

Public Eye - Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wind farms topic of discussion

With the proposed wind farm in Tipton County attracting a lot of attention and wind farms proposed in the future for eastern Howard County, the local League of Women Voters are hosting a meeting on wind energy.

The meeting will take place 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Way building, 210 W. Walnut St.

Andy Melka, director of development for E-on Climate & Renewables, the company which is operating the Wildcat Wind Farm in Tipton County and is the developer of the sites in Howard County will discuss wind energy.

A representative from Northwestern Schools, which has a wind turbine on school property will also make a presentation.

Dumoulin gets a win

Kokomo strip club owner Dan Dumoulin gained a victory when his Filling Station bar on West Sycamore Street got Kokomo Plan Commission approval Tuesday to rezone a gravel lot at the corner of Sycamore and Berkley Road.

About a dozen people came to the commission meeting to argue against the rezoning, but commission members apparently decided a paved parking lot would be better than a weed-strewn gravel patch. The vote was 5-1.

Now the rezoning goes to the Kokomo Common Council March 25 for final approval.

Lake takes a stand

Howard County Auditor Martha Lake indicated last week she opposes State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s “Privacy of law enforcement addresses” bill, which would require county officials to purge, on request, information from the county’s online property records database.

Lake is charged with maintaining the database, which realtors, banks, business owners and others use to get information on specific properties — tax assessments, past due taxes, dimensions, the name of the property owner, etc.

Karickhoff’s bill, HB1219, would set up a process whereby those connected with law enforcement could have their names removed from the online property records. Their names would still be available to the public at the auditor’s office.

County officials have expressed concerns as to how they’ll be able to maintain the database if different groups start getting privacy exemptions. The Hoosier State Press Association opposes the bill on the grounds that the property data should remain public record.

What a difference

Last month juwi Wind the developer of the proposed 150 megawatt Prairie Breeze Wind Farm in Tipton County, put into an operation a wind farm in Minnesota.

The Community Wind South project is a 30 megawatt wind farm in southwestern Minnesota in Nobles County. The energy is being sold to Excel Energy under a 20 year power purchase agreement.

Nobles County has a population of 20,000 people in an area of 722 square miles as compared to the 16,000 people that live in Tipton County, which has 260 square miles.

Ryan McGaughey, editor of the Worthington Daily Globe, said there was no much opposition to the wind farm that the newspaper heard about.

“There was not a single letter to the editor,” he said. “I’m sure there was opposition, but it wasn’t vocal.”

McGaughey said the Community Wind South project is “out in the middle of nowhere” and that there are numerous other wind farms in the area.

As opposed to Minnesota, juwi Wind is facing a vocal and organized opposition in their attempt to get a conditional use permit from the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Some help from Mr. Webster

During Monday’s meeting of the Tipton County Commissioners, a resolution was presented for adoption to name the county’s Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator.

Commissioner Phil Heron read the resolution and came to a word that he had difficulty pronouncing and none of the three commissioners knew the meaning.

The word was “promulgate.”

While the commissioners were voting on the resolution, Commissioner Joe VanBibber reached into a drawer and pulled out a copy of a dictionary.

VanBibber said the definition of the word was a public decree of adoption.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • City-Line Trolley 04 Riders see numerous benefits to City-Line Trolleys As Sharon Sanchez waits for the Red Line trolley to take her to work at Steak N’ Shake on South Reed Road, she can’t imagine her life without the busing system. Sanchez rides the bus to work from downtown to the south part of town and to events at Ch

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • City-Line Trolley 03 City Line Trolley ridership up 31 percent Any questions about the demand for public transportation in Kokomo have been answered since the city expanded its routes for the City Line Trolley last July. The bus service has seen its passenger totals increase 31 percent since it added three new l

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Crash One injured in two-vehicle crash on Ohio Street

    A 42-year-old woman suffered multiple injuries Thursday afternoon after the van she was driving was struck head-on by a Jeep on North Ohio Street.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sobriety checkpoints planned for Friday in Kokomo The Howard County Sheriff Department announced deputies will conduct a multi-jurisdictional enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Howard County Friday. Officers from the Kokomo Police Department and troopers from the Indiana State Poli

    August 21, 2014

  • VFW commander injured in motorcycle accident Post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1152 suffered head and other injuries when he crashed his motorcycle Wednesday evening on East Lincoln Road. A Kokomo Police Department accident report stated that Kenneth A. Fisher, 67, was riding

    August 21, 2014

  • Robert Lee Rev. Robert A. Lee’s candidacy once again challenged For the second time, Rev. Robert A. Lee’s candidacy for Center Township Trustee is being challenged in what Howard County Democratic Chair David Tharp has described as an act of “singling out” the retired pastor. Lee’s candidacy for township trustee

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • IU grad wins $100,000 technology startup prize BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A recent Indiana University graduate has won a $100,000 technology prize that will finance his new startup company devoted to improving hearing aids and prosthetics. Gregory Mattes graduated this year from IU's Kelley School

    August 21, 2014

  • NWS - KT082114 - Banks Additional charges filed against attempted murder suspect A 17-year-old facing attempted murder charges in connection with a Tuesday shooting incident now also faces charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm.Kokomo police were called to the city’s northeast side on a report of shots fired Tues

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenkins card Greatest Save brings Major Leaguers to Kokomo Community First Bank Executive Vice President Bob Hickman saw first hand the great benefits and excitement the Greatest Save program brought to the community of Evansville the last two years. He watched as Major League Baseball legends like Rollie Fi

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • Buddy Bags starts gearing up

    Every kid who goes to school gets at least one square meal a day. For some kids, that’s the only good meal they’ll get.And when the weekend rolls around, children living in poverty may not be eating at all.“We knew that some kids were eating school

    August 21, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries