Plum Creek Wind Farm Update Given, Concerned Retired Farmer Addresses Potential Impact Of Property Value To County Commissioners

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday morning.

From the Wayne County Courthouse meeting room, Patrick Dalseth of Lincoln Clean Energy gave an update about a wind farm being constructed near Winside.

It has been about six months since Dalseth last visited the board. He didn’t have much to add besides LCE has about 18,000 acres already and would like to get a total of 20-25,000 acres. Until the land acquisition is complete, Lincoln Clean Energy can’t move forward.

According to Dalseth, the Plum Creek Wind Farm will go from Winside east into Plum Creek Township, all the way west to the Pierce County Line and from Winside south to the Stanton County line. The first stop of the energy from the Plum Creek Wind Farm will go to the Hoskins sub-station.

Wayne County Commissioners also gave their road draft agreement for Lincoln Clean Energy to look over.

Randy Wagner visited with the board about a potential impact that the wind towers will have on the property valuation of nearby acreages. Wagner, a retired farmer is looking to fix up his farm ground to sell his acreage and he received a phone call about putting up a wind tower on his land.

He thought about it for 3-4 months to see if he can recover his potential loss of property, but decided not to. Wagner didn’t want to devalue his neighbor’s property.  Several countries which have wind farms have had their property values depreciated and Wagner stated the same thing will happen to acreage owners and homeowners.

Bids were also opened for a pair of projects. One for supplying materials required to construct C-90(645) – triple 96’ X 45’ in Wayne County and another for C-87(150) – triple 96’ X 41’ corrugated metal pipes with steel headwalls and wingwalls along with other related incidental work in Thurston County.

Contech Engineered Solutions was the low-bid of $66,285 followed by Midwest Service and Sales of $71,048.48 and B’s Enterprises of $71,917.40. Bids will be accepted the next meeting.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting is set for Tuesday, June 6 at 9 a.m.

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