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Wind issue still up in the air

November 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The “pro-wind” and “anti-wind” groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance – one way or another in regards to wind farming – is a necessary thing.
Following the report, Chairman Brandon Forrester suggested the commission take the fourth draft from previous meetings and use it as a starting point for the ordinance.
A motion was made and approved by the commission.
The starting point will come January 2012 when the commission meets. Now that the fact-finding has concluded, it will begin sorting through specific issues.
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