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Letter to the Editor on ZBA Hearings on Wind Farms


Posted February 5, 2020


Dear Editor:


Thursday night at the Zoning Board of Appeals was a night of "do-overs".  It seemed that every presentation was a recycled presentation of a previous night.  There have been many previous nights.  Three weeks in fact and counting of opposition presentations about the proposed wind turbines.


The difference is that the last couple of weeks seemed to be the form of the presentations and the length of them.  Most of the presenters seemed to have a basic form in what they said and what was shown on the overhead projector.  It seemed all were basically the same except with a change of names and places.  Did anyone else notice that?


Most of the presentations were lasting 60 to 90 minutes.  Most people can say what needs to be said in a much shorter time.  It was as if the time used had a propose other than giving out information.  Did anyone else notice that?


I appreciate the patience and the time the zoning board has in letting everyone have their say but how many times do we all have to hear the same things over and over.  Is this an attempt at "brain washing"!?!  We need to appreciate the time involved in going through all of these tons of presentations for the County Board members before they make their decisions!!


My concern and everyone else's concern should be the future of DeWitt County.  What will life in DeWitt County be if and when the Power Plant closes?  Where are the abundant taxes they have provided for the county going to come from to keep our new school building operating and our staff of excellent teachers, aids, custodians, kitchen workers, and many more unsung heroes employed?


Who is going to support the ambulance services that is doing a good job of being where they are needed and when they are needed?  Who is going to support the police and sheriff departments when a crisis happens or when someone is worried about their safety?


DeWitt County has much to be thankful for and I am afraid we won't realize it until our blessings have been taken away!


The wind turbines are not the complete answer.  The taxes from them will not be as much as the power plant has provided, but it would be good to have another source of taxing income available.  This opportunity might not come along again.  I hope we can all be good citizens and weigh the facts of the situation and support the County in their effort to keep DeWitt County at the point that we can provide the citizens, young and old, with a life that we have had up to this point.  It can be done with the help of those seeking reelection in the coming months, that support the future of DeWitt County and cultivate an environment that businesses will want to come into instead of facing a battle of the citizens!! 


Sonna Hoke
Clinton IL  61727

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