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LTE: Citizen cites conflict of interest; asks commissioner to step down in wind votes

Dear Editor:

I attended the county commission meeting Oct. 3, 2022, to voice my opposition to the proposed wind farm in Osage County. In attendance were five representatives of the power company and about 20 Osage county citizens. The power company employees painted a rosy picture. It is interesting, none of these power company employees live close the noisy wind turbines they are pushing to sell Osage County and their citizens.

I am not opposed to wind powered generators, but I am extremely against placing the wind turbines close to where people live and it disturbing the silence and beauty of our county.

It was most surprising when Commissioner Driver stated that he has leased his property to the power company and has been financially compensated. This is a conflict of interest. I am calling for Mr. Driver to excuse himself from any meeting in regards to wind turbines and that he not be allowed to vote on the wind turbine project.

Robert Ellis
Overbrook, Kan.


 

3 Responses to LTE: Citizen cites conflict of interest; asks commissioner to step down in wind votes

  1. Don S Romine says:

    The Kansas Attorney General has issued an opinion that there is NO conflict of interest with a commissioner who has a wind lease on his farm. This was resolved in Lyon County several years ago.

  2. Duane Wulfkuhle says:

    I see signs posted opposed to wind generators. I feel that there is a lot of false information about these is being pushed. We were able to stop by one very close to the road so I could listen to it. It made a gentle rush sound as a blade went by and we could hear the gears in the generator. A local farmer stopped to visit with us. He said he received about 3,000 dollars a year and the county received more. I feel if you pass up this opportunity you will lose thousands of dollars for the county.

    • Tom Finnigin says:

      Any dummy knows that these are an important part of our Power Generation. Do you want more Coal fumes? Osage County residents that oppose the Wind Turbines, should live next to a Coal plant. Its one or the other.Unless you want to burn Fuel oil, for your lights.Dont be as close minded as the rest of our Kansasans usally are.

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