OKOKOK so it isn’t Larry. Everyone knows what google whore I am. I know Larry. I like Larry. Even though he is a Republican, he used to be my Senator and I have gone to fund raisers for him. It is Cathy his cousin but..
Supporters of a requirement that turbines be at least a mile from “non-participants” in wind-farm developments estimate they have collected 450 signatures in support of the change in Sangamon County zoning rules.
The developers of the first such farm in the county say the requirement would spell the end of the project.
Cathy Bomke of Sangamon County Citizens for Wind Rights said Friday the group hopes to get a hearing as early as next month before the county zoning board of appeals on plans for the Meridian Wind Farm.
The utility-scale project eventually could build up to 200 turbines in an area between Pleasant Plains and New Berlin.
“This is a way for the county board to get a step ahead. If you want to participate, you can have one (a wind turbine). If you don’t want to participate, you’ll have the guarantee it won’t be quite so close to your home,” said Bomke.
Bomke said her cousin, state Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, is not involved in the petition drive.
American Wind Energy Management Corp., a U.S. subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest wind-farm developers, and California-based Oak Creek Energy Systems Inc. are partners in the Meridian Wind Farm.
A local project manager said Friday the companies have options on about 11,000 of the 20,000 acres that eventually would be needed.
“Everything is falling into place. It’s really just getting control of the land and getting landowners to sign up. The permitting process is the next big hurdle,” said Chris Nickells, vice president of site establishment
Nickells said it probably will be early 2010 before developers could go to the county board for approval, adding that they are aware of the petition drive.
“Their version of a setback would run us out. If you draw a one-mile radius around everybody’s house, it would send us packing,” said Nickells.
The project recently took on the name Meridian Wind Farm as the site is near the 90th parallel on the map.
In 2006, Sangamon County became one of the few counties in the state to create a separate set of zoning rules for wind farms. Board member Tim Moore, R-District 22, said the proposed wind farm on the west side of the county would the first commercial test of the ordinance.
“We’ve had a lot of preliminary talks but no actual filings from the company to zone anything yet,” said Moore, who is chairman of the board’s Public Health, Safety and Zoning committee.
“We have talked about, but not yet implemented, some additional public hearings on this project because of the nature of it,” he added.
Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission executive director Norm Sims said a county board member would have to sponsor the change in the ordinance sought by the citizens group.
“It would then go to the zoning board of appeals. They’d make a recommendation to the county board,” said Sims.
Bomke said the group has continued to collect signatures, including at a booth set up during the recent Sangamon County Fair in New Berlin, but that there is no specific goal for the number of signatures.
This first appeared in the State Journal Register to give credit where credit is due:
Cathy Bomke of Sangamon County Citizens for Wind Rights doesn’t want a wind tower installed in the field across the street from her home on Yankee Town Road. Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register
So if you see this person pull her over or have a word with her…NIMBY only works if something is a danger to you. It doesn’t work if it is unsightly. We all have to look at CWLP’s 3 smoke belching smoke stacks all day every day. I am positive given the nature of the grid that she sucks up some of that electricity. So why can’t she look at a nice nonpolluting Windmill. Some people even find them to be majestic and beautiful.