Wind issue still up in the air

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.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the Nov. 17 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.