By: Diane Benjamin
The Logan County Board had rejected plans for a Wind Farm by a company named Relight. That didn’t stop them from trying again. Relight is an Italian company, gee I wonder why they want to build here. It can’t have anything to do with Europe abandoning wind and the US handing out huge subsidies. Naw.
One Board member who voted NO the first time changed her mind:
County Board member Jan Schumacher thanked everyone in the public for their calls and communications in this matter. Schumacher said that she initially voted no on the previous application because there were so many uncertainties and so many people voicing opposition to the project with nobody speaking positively. Schumacher said she has since changed her mind, due to the property value plan Relight has worked on and that more people have spoken in favor for this application.
“I wanted to make sure we didn’t have residents who were unable to sell their home because of the project,” said Schumacher. Schumacher also said that she does not want to see the school close down, as many other people have said, because that could also drive away young families.
Schumacher also said that Woo’s credibility helped as well. “His attention to all these details, a willingness to work with all these groups; he’s been very frank and open,” said Schumacher.
Schumacher said she has been disappointed with the division this application has caused. Schumacher said she knows other people have wanted to speak on this issue, but they have been afraid to because of its sensitive nature. “That’s far worse than any development that could come into the community. I would just encourage everyone on both sides to put their differences behind and to move forward,” said Schumacher.
Shortly after this vote, Schumacher and her husband moved to Missouri. She now has a new job. I’m SURE her vote has nothing to do with her new position with a sustainable energy non-profit. It HAS to be a coincidence that she was against the project before she was for it.
The people in Logan County need to know the facts though.
One note: Livingston County voted against a new wind farm because the numbers were not correct. Prairie Central Schools determined that within a few years the farm would COST them money, not be the big windfall predicted.
From Schumacher’s LinkedIn account: