Decision on wind devices expected
Planning Commission recommends renewable-energy ordinance
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVEâ€”The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on May 19 recommended that the Village Board approve a renewable-energy ordinance, which would allow the Sugar Grove Township to install a wind turbine tower at the road and bridge building on Main Street.
The Village Board may vote on the ordinance sometime next month.
â€œWe are aiming to have it definitely voted on by the June 15 (regular board/Committee-of-the-Whole meeting), as the (wind device) moratorium ends on June 30,â€ Village Planner Mike Ferencak said.
Ferencak said the Planning Commission and Committee of the Whole members voiced concerns over the amount of noise generated by a wind turbine, as well as the deviceâ€™s potential impact on area wildlife. Those concerns, as well as questions regarding annual or hours-of-service-based inspections, fencing requirements and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations regarding the height of the wind turbine, were addressed in a village staff report presented during the Planning Commissionâ€™s May 19 meeting.
Ferencak said the turbineâ€™s impact on wildlife would be minimal, and that the structure would meet FAA requirements as long as it does not exceed 50 feet in height.
The village placed a moratorium on electricity-generating wind devices last July, and then renewed the moratorium in December.