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Supervisors review first draft of wind energy ordinance

The Union County Board of Supervisors approved signage for a low-water stream crossing and received and discussed the first draft of the wind energy conversion systems ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Zach Gunsolley, Union County engineer, presented information about the resolution for low-water stream crossing located on 197th St., 550 feet west of Yellow Rose Ave. This resolution would allow for the placement of signs to alert motorists to the crossing which can be flooded at times. The board voted and approved placing signs at this location.

Gunsolley provided a rock report for December 2018. Union County spent $16,776.33 on rock that month.

Gunsolley said that while the county has spent close to the budgeted amount on snow and ice materials this year already, the county ended the last winter season with a large stockpile of salt. The previous years materials were stored in a shed for use this winter.

Tim Kenyon, county attorney, provided a first draft of a wind energy ordinance as well as a draft decommissioning plan. The drafts were provided to the board for review. The board then provided detailed information on potential number of feet for setbacks and definitions of terms within the ordinance. Updates are being made to the draft to reflect the information discussed. A public hearing date has not been set.

The Union County Board of Supervisors meetings are open to the public and begin with a public open forum at 9 a.m. Mondays at the Union County Courthouse located at 300 N. Pine St.

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