Maybe the county is not moving fast enough, Saliterman said.
“We’re coming up on almost a year,” he said. “I think it’s a little unfortunate that if I was to go to the county and ask them to produce what they have done during that year, I’m not sure they would be able to produce anything. ... It’s a little disappointing they have gone quite slowly, in my view.”
Some residents in the county are content with the pace of the planning committee. Brad Belanger of South Grove Township is a spokesman for what he calls a “group of concerned DeKalb County citizens” that opposes or wants to slow the pace of wind farm development in the county, although it is not an officially organized group.
He said the opposition, in part, comes from the damage the farms could do to county farmland.
“We have a strong history of being good stewards of the land,” Belanger said. “The farmers are proud of their soil.”
Belanger said he’s concerned because he hasn’t seen any long-term studies of the effects wind farms have on the land, or health of people near them.
One specific concern Belanger has is that driving heavier trucks on county roads, bringing equipment or parts during construction and maintenance of the towers, will damage the roads.
“Is that a burden the taxpayer should bear?” he said.
He said writing the ordinance is a good first step. He also would like to wait and see what other counties do with their wind farm ordinances as far as answering questions.
“It’s still new technology,” Belanger said.