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September 15, 2013

Sept. 15, 2013: Letters to the editor

Tipton County has paid a heavy price

As I sit here, day after day, reading the paper on the local issue of wind and property rights, I truly try to look at all the discussions and all the materials that are brought to the public for thought. I then start going back and watching the tapes of our meetings, digesting where we have been and what has been said about procedure and legalities.

Questions have been asked of us all — citizens, lawyers, BZA members. I will remind those of you following this, at the first BZA meeting at Tipton High School, one of the first questions asked of our county attorney and director of the planning board was from Mr. Acres. He asked whether he was right in thinking that money should not be an issue in the BZA consideration for a ruling. He repeated the question a couple of times. Finally, Mr. Edson responded he agreed.

The outcome of that meeting did not make me or the majority of those in attendance happy, as the BZA approved the permit for juwi to continue under two stipulations: One, 1,500-foot setbacks from any property line and, two, a property value guarantee for the people.

Ever since that meeting juwi has been doing the backstroke, trying to find a way out and/or around giving a property value guarantee.

Interesting enough, the few leaseholders who were there in the wee hours of the morning for the decision were just as happy as could be, feeling they had won out because of the approval. I overheard one gentleman say, “I told you we would beat these CRD people.”

Then they realized the 1,500-foot setback just about stopped the project, and the story changed.

I now refer you to the first BZA meeting, where the director of the planning board said he agreed money was not the issue. Now the stories are never-ending as to how the money is to save the fifth- or sixth-generation farm.

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