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Belle Center Council takes stand against wind development

After a presentation by about a dozen concerned area residents, Belle Center Village Council and Mayor Rhonda Fulmer supported a resolution formally declaring their opposition to wind development around the village.

 

Mayor’s depot committee suggestions ruffle feathers

 

A list of 10 residents Belle Center Mayor Rhonda Fulmer believes would be good candidates to continue the effort to restore the village’s historic train depot caused a stir at Tuesday’s council meeting.

 

As part of her beginning of the year duties, Mayor Rhonda Fulmer submitted a list of members of the tree committee, depot committee, zoning commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

 

But when residents and council members saw the list of 10 she selected for the depot committee contained none of the same faces from last year’s committee, they became upset.

 

“I think it would be foolish to take people who went for three years and raised the amount of money they have and then abandon them,” said Dennis Wilson, who has spearheaded the construction aspects of the restoration but did not serve on the committee last year.

 

Mayor Fulmer said she believes having new people on the committee will give it a fresh perspective for the coming year.

 

“I don’t want to exclude any volunteer we’ve had in the past; they’ve done a wonderful job,” she said. “I just think we need to include more people from the community; we need different thinking.”

 

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Everpower Renewables has proposed a 300-megawatt project to construct up to 176 turbines in northern Logan and southern Hardin counties, including numerous turbines surrounding the village of Belle Center.

And several residents, who also turned out for a public hearing on the project in Kenton last week, urged council at the Tuesday evening meeting to take a stand against the industrial scale wind farm.

“I’m really concerned about the village of Belle Center because I grew up here,” Katie Elsasser of Richland Township said. “Will people still want to live here? From my research, in towns near wind turbines, the population drops. It’s driving a wedge between people who have been friends for years. It makes me very nervous and hurts me for our town.”

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