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Wind Farm Vote Tonight

It is decision day in DeWitt County.


Perhaps the most polarizing issue to residents in the last decade, the DeWitt County Board will vote tonight to approve an application for a wind farm in the northwest corner of DeWitt County and members of each side have weighed in on tonight's meeting.


The project is being sought by Tradewind Energy and Alta Farms II project development lead, Tom Swierczewski indicates they feel good about their application and contends their proposal meets all the standards the County has set out.



Residents Against Wind Farms in DeWitt County has rallied to prevent the project from happening. Andrea Rhoades has taken the lead for those residents and says today is the culmination of their years of work to provide decision-makers with information and she indicates they feel good about the vote tonight and feels the ZBA and RPC's recommendations should not be ignored.



For Swierczewski, this is one of the most comprehensive applications he has put together and credits the county for their hard work in making their ordinances reflect a comprehensive plan for approval.



The folks against the project do not see the plans as comprehensive and say there are too many issues still surrounding Tradewind's application. Rhoades points to many issues taken up by the RPC and ZBA but specifically says the issues the turbines could cause with weather radar would be problematic.



You can hear the County Board's special meeting Thursday night, in its entirety, starting at 5 pm on all of WHOW's platforms at The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW. Online at dewittdailynews.com, the WHOW mobile app and on Amazon Alexa. 


Following the meeting, get live reaction from both Swierczewski and Rhoades following the Board's vote and get comprehensive coverage at dewittdailynews.com. 

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