Board to conduct final vote on wind farm

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DEWITT COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — After hours of testimony and months of consideration, the future of a multi-million dollar wind farm rests with one vote.

Last month, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted against building a wind farm. Thursday night, the county board is at Clinton High School and the future of the project will be decided.

What happens at the meeting is final. Whatever the board decides will determine whether or not wind farms get built.

Last month, the ZBA voted against the wind farm. Some reasons the board cited were possible red lights which could be emitted from the towers, shadows cast on homes and whether the towers would interfere with weather radars.

People want the board’s choice to be what is best for the community. From previous meetings, it’s clear people attending have a real investment in what happens.

Officials with the Clinton Police Department say they will have the same presence at Thursday’s meeting as in the past.

In the end, everyone is looking forward to a peaceful outcome.

If the board approves the wind farm, construction would start in Barnett, Wapella and Clintonia townships. It’s about a $300 million project.

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