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The DeWitt County Board met virtually for nearly two hours Thursday night.  Much of that time was devoted to hearing from 17 members of the public, the majority of whom voiced concerns over the upcoming June 2nd virtual vote on the proposed Alta Farms II wind farm project.

 

Those concerns were echoed by Board Member, Melonie Tilley, at the end of the meeting...

 

 

In addition to public access concerns due to technological challenges, Board Member, Nate Ennis, voiced concerns over potential violations of the Open Meetings Act.  State's Attorney Dan Markwell feels the virtual meeting meets those requirements...

 

 

Tilley and Ennis also questioned whether voting on a Special Use Permit was "essential" business for the county.  Board Chair Dave Newberg says all DeWitt County business is essential...

 

 

The initial vote on this Special Use Permit was orginially set for March 18th, but has been delayed due to the pandemic.  

 

The virtual vote on the proposed Alta Farms II wind farm project remains scheduled for June 2nd.

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