3/9/10 DOUBLE FEATURE: Grease is the word: What's that on the turbines? AND Town of Morrison to Wind Developer Invenergy: What part of NO don't you understand?
Grease and oil on Fond du Lac County turbine towers.
Morrison residents reject wind farm in 245-18 vote
Vote asks Town Board to block proposal for 54 turbines
By Tony Walter
March 9, 2010
MORRISON — Town residents voted decisively against wind turbines Monday night.
Packing the gymnasium at Zion Lutheran School, residents and property owners campaigned against the effort of Chicago-based Invenergy LLC, whose project is in the hands of the Public Service Commission. In all, 20 people spoke, and only one supported the wind turbines.
The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today, but Chairman Todd Christensen said the wind turbine issue will not be on the agenda.
He said it will likely be addressed at the annual town meeting in April.
Jon Morehouse, a 20-year-resident of Morrison, proposed the four-part strategy that would:
The meeting began with residents voting overwhelmingly to allow only themselves and Morrison property owners to speak, although representatives of Invenergy were in attendance.
The speakers emphasized health and economic issues in protesting the fact that some residents have signed contracts to have wind turbines built on their property.
Curt Skaletski said property values would plummet.
"I do not want to see 25 percent of my property value stolen," he said.
Kristin Morehouse, a Morrison property owner, urged support for the purchase of a manure digester that she said would be more effective and consistent than the wind turbines. She said the wind turbines would put the town's water resources at even greater risk.
Resident Don Hoeft said the town should at least seek a delay in the construction of the turbines until more evaluation is completed.
"It's a system that scars the environment, scars the landscape and pits neighbor against neighbor," Hoeft said.