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Wind Turbines Put On Hold In Clinton County

Alternative energy is getting a lot of attention in Michigan.

There's even a proposal on the November ballot dealing with it and Thursday, the issue was taken up by the Clinton county zoning board.

They're tall, wide and powerful and if Forest Hills gets their way 40 more will be added throughout Bengal, Dallas and Essex township.

"It has good access to interconnection, there are good transmission lines that run right through the properties, it is an accessible site," said forest hills energy fowler farms manager Tim Brown.

A site that would include building 9 of those turbines on Robert Boettger's property and he's fine with that.

"We've got a tower up on our farm and the wind is substantial and can produce energy with it, it's just one more crop that we can harvest for our financial future," said St. Johns resident Robert Boettger.

A future that would also include construction jobs and roughly $8 million dollars in tax revenue for the county, but it's been a struggle to get approved by the planning and zoning board for four years.

"It requires a significant amount of technical studies to be conducted," Brown said.

Including a maximum noise limit, height restrictions and minimum distance from the road, all tougher standards to meet than Huron and Gratiot counties who have similar wind turbine projects in place

"Why should they be allowed to game with my biggest financial investment and risk the health and safety of my family," said Clinton County resident Kathy Boak.

They have also had to deal with countless concerns from those who live in Clinton county.

"Let the power people make power in areas that are not conducive to growing crops that our desperately needed."

But Forest Hills says from jobs to energy efficiency, it's a project that will be a win win for home owners and business.

"We are real proud of that work and feel that what we have put together is a good strong project for the county," Brown said.

It's a project that would produce enough electricity to power close to 18,000 homes.

@Clinton county's planning and zoning commission tabled the decision at Thursday's meeting.

They expect to make a recommendation to the board of commissioners within 90 days.

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