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September 6, 2013

Sept. 6, 2013: Letters to the editor

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Some people who may not be following this story closely may not know that juwi initially missed the 30-day deadline to appeal the March BZA decision. Then in May it provided a two-sided copy of something it called a property value protection plan (PVPP). It was in no way adequate to protect the amount of loss expected to be sustained by homeowners if the turbines go up. Then in July, after the BZA told juwi it was not going to modify the 1,500-foot setback from property lines, juwi sent a letter to Steve Edson that it would accept the 1,500-foot setback but was not going to provide the PVPP as required by the BZA in March. Mr. Edson responded back that the BZA would not hear a modification request on the PVPP either. All these maneuvers were designed to move towards filing a lawsuit against the BZA and county that juwi wasn’t given its “right to due process,” really? What the heck was the nine-hour meeting in March all about? What about our rights as non-participating homeowners. If this was such a great and wonderful thing for the county, why weren’t the leaseholders telling all their neighbors?

So now that the leaseholders are filing suit, and juwi stating its intention to do so, we can look at more county money being spent. Isn’t it ironic that the very company that wants to do business in our county is also willing to sue us too? If this is how it treats Tipton County now, how do you think it treats us once it gets its foot in the door? Make no mistake, it is a large company that could care less about the county and its citizens, it’s all about money.

This publicity is exactly what the wind companies wanted to avoid when they came in quickly and quietly to get leases signed and no one said a word. They and others like them (you can’t begin to imagine how many more wind companies there are) understand that their business is controversial at best and damaging to the very communities they move into. They have done this a thousand times, and Big Wind knows from experience that people will stand and fight for their home value, health and safety.

Juwi, please, just take your ball and go home.

Theresa Vaughn

Tipton

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