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'Disappointed ... Public safety is important'

In your Oct. 7th issue there was an article, "Supervisors report no changes after broken wind turbine blade." As a longtime supporter of renewable energy, I was disappointed to read this headline.

Naturally, I wanted to read what the [Adair County Board of Supervisors] had discussed and to learn if any decision related to the accident had been made. However, the only information I could find were quotes from John Twombly in the Free Press: "There's going to be blades that break now and again," "We don't see any issues with it," and "Things are going to happen that's our opinion."

I am running for this board, and I find it problematic that he is insinuating the board in its entirety has discussed this specific issue when I can find neither agenda item nor minutes referencing this event. I understand he is the current board chair, but Iowa law doesn’t give him the authority to speak for the board if they haven’t even discussed issues publicly.

When an issue like this arises it’s important it get a public airing; the community and the board deserve at the very least to hear from the MidAmerican safety officer at a public meeting which is advertised at least 24 hours in advance of the event.

For Mr. Twombly to speak for the board, they need to have at least discussed it and given him authority to do so. Public safety is important.

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