CRD Response to Rayl letter
November 26, 2013
Contrary to what Anabeth Rayl wrote in her letter to the editor this week, the Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development was not involved in the dispute over the waiver of a permit fee for Chrysler protested by three individual citizens, Nancy and Dan Carney and Brent Snow.
The issue was not discussed on our listserv, was not posted on our web site, and no board members were present at the hearing.
The mission of the CRD is the following: "Tipton Citizens for Responsible Development, Inc. is focused on ensuring that wind development in Tipton County, Indiana, is done without harm to homeowners and supports the interests of homeowners living with existing wind farms."
The argument presented by the Carneys and Snow was against what they felt was a violation of procedure and not against the Chrysler development. Please note that the CRD board did not and does not support their position. We, the CRD and many of our supporters, are proud and grateful of the commitment Chrysler is making to our county. Our friends, our neighbors, our families and ourselves have benefitted from employment with this company. Individuals who oppose turbines have differing opinions on many issues, and one should not ascribe all opinions to everyone who opposes turbines.
The CRD does not oppose night farming, hog farms or Chrysler; our only focus is on industrial wind turbines. It is unfortunate that some have been led to believe these falsehoods without speaking to anyone who is a member of CRD board. The CRD board is Jeff and Paige Hoover, Chris and Julie Rossi, Kirsten Leonard and Mark Lynn, Michelle McNabb and Imran Malik, John and Emily West, Jeff and Juanita Thomas and Eric and Beth Juliot, who are all in agreement to the content of this letter. We welcome any questions as to our motives and actions.
Our belief is that the negatives to turbines in close proximity to homes outweighs the benefit to Tipton County. Given the problems being faced by Wildcat I residents, some of whom live as far as 1,800 feet away from the nearest turbine, it should be clear that we need to tread carefully and offer full protection to the large number of residents that would be exposed to them.
The protections that the CRD has campaigned for are reasonable ones. The problem is that the layout of Tipton County has too many non-participants in the area where some wind proponents want turbines. Counties around the country are increasing protections for residents as more information is learned about the impact of turbines on people.
We realize that some leaseholders are disappointed, but given court cases like that in Massachusetts where they have ruled that turbines did cause harm to human health, it is better to proceed with caution. The modeling and projections done by wind companies are proving to be incomplete and inaccurate in predicting noise. Let us not create more harm.
We applaud the efforts of the board of commissioners and the plan commission to act carefully and thoughtfully to protect all citizens of Tipton County.
The Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development
Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development Response on the Revised Wind Ordinance
November 14, 2013
Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development supports the passage of the revised wind ordinance that was approved by the Tipton County Plan Commission at its public hearing on Oct. 17 with the pending corrections.
The CRD also supports the extension of the current moratorium on WECS projects until the issues experienced by homeowners in the Wildcat I Wind Farm, including noise and property value, are resolved. For a true cost benefit analysis, it is also important to determine the actual income to the county. Until these issues are resolved -- and we can confirm that the proposed ordinance prevents recurrence-- it would be inappropriate to consider any potential applications.
The CRD would like to publicly thank all Tipton County officials, both elected and appointed, who have supported ordinance language that is more protective of the people of Tipton County. Your efforts during such a turbulent period have been noticed and are greatly appreciated.
Property Values Concerns and Evidence