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|Knox County Board Chair Pleased with Wind Turbine Project
|POSTED 10:15pm 3/25/09 The chairman of the Knox County Board says he walked out of a meeting with a Chicago-based company developing wind farms in Knox and Henry Counties as optimistic about the project as he went in.
Greg Bacon told the board last night that his meeting a couple weeks ago with Invenergy, L.L.C. went well, and that the firm still plans on putting up at least two-hundred wind turbines in the Pilot Knob area of northern Knox County near Oneida, and the meeting helped iron out some concerns, including the condition of roads in the area following construction.
Bacon tells WGIL there's also one other concern that he thinks Invenergy understands, even though it may never get resolved. "We would like to see leases (for the land used), but we can't demand anything," Bacon said. "It's a landowner's prerogative to do what they want, and we're not here to tell a landowner what to do. But a lease is an easier (option) for taxes -- that's what we're going to say publicly -- compared to an easement."
And Bacon says fortunately, Invenergy is primarily looking for property leases.
Bacon says Invenergy has about half the property it wants to lease in Knox County, meaning despite a published report indicating construction would begin in 2010, it will likely start in 2011 instead.
nvenergy is also behind a wind turbine project of about equal size just across the border in Henry County in the Bishop Hill area.
The Knox County Board Wednesday night voted to appoint several people to three local sanitary district boards, okayed the purchase of five squad cars for the Knox County Sheriffs Department, and approved the nearly $30,000 cost of the drilling of a well at the Knox County Landfill.
|03 25 09 by Newsroom
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