At the monthly meeting of the DeWitt County Board Thursday night, the board heard several public comments regarding the Alta Farms II Special Use Permit.
One of the addressers was Richard Porter, a lawyer from Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, who represents 82 DeWitt County residents in lawsuits against the County and Alta Farms II. He informed the Board on what his clients are seeking. The conversation became tense when State's Attorney Dan Markwell took exception to Porter offering his legal advice to the Board.
Land Use Committee Chairman Terry Ferguson reported the committee had interviewed sound study companies and will address a proposal at their next meeting. The Regional Planning Commission will review wind ordinances at their March meeting.
Also at the meeting, the County Board approved a motion to appraise 74 acres of timber at the marina. Ferguson noted this is the first step in determining what to do with the unused property.
The Board also approved a contract with Chastain & Associates for the bid and construction of a new gas dock at the marina, appointed Charles Williams to the Merit Commission, and recognized the recent passing of David Torbert.