DeWitt County Board Chair David Newberg voted in favor of a failed proposed wind farm in DeWitt County, but he is very happy with the process.
He says the process played out the way it should and while the application of Tradewind Energy for a wind farm in the northwest corner of DeWitt County failed, he says DeWitt County is "as great as it was yesterday".
As the process played out, it became apparent DeWitt County is deeply divided on the wind farm issue, and debates became contentious both at meetings and in online formats but Newberg believes 99-percent of people on each side handled themselves well and showed a lot of class.
The board's final tally was 6-5-1 but needed seven votes to pass.
Much speculation surrounds what is next for Tradewind Energy? Do they sue the County? Do they go back to the drawing board for a new application?
Representatives from Tradewind could not be reached for comment at the time of this story however in a statement following the Thursday night County Board meeting, it was indicated they would "reassess the situation and our options moving forward."