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Inform, Involve, Update

Updated 04/05/2019:

A huge thank you to everyone that helped prepare for and presented at Thursday's meeting, especially to those who came from far away!  Many topics were covered, and we provided excellent feedback and testimonies.  Let's keep the momentum going on 4/9/19.


Conditional Use Permit Application:

https://www.renogov.org/DocumentCenter/View/6791/Pretty-Prairie-SUP-Full-Application-ScannedSubmittal


A new company Pretty Prairie Wind, Delaware LLC, submitted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application to the Reno County Planning commission on February 14th, 2019.  The application says this LLC is, "wholly owned by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company".


The public hearing will be held on April 4, 2019, beginning  3:00 pm at the Atrium Hotel & Conference Center in Hutchinson.  "All interested parties may appear and be heard at the public hearing..."  Notices were mailed by NextEra to residents in the un-zoned part of Reno county.

Notices were mailed by Reno County to all properties in the zoned area of Reno county within 1000 feet of the proposed project.  The letter provides legal descriptions of properties where turbines would reside, but not clearly stating the turbines' proximity to land owners and residences, so contact the Planning Commission Administrator  Mark.Vonachen@renogov.org (620-694-2978) if needed to decipher how you may be impacted. 


Do not wait for the public hearing to voice your concerns and state your position.

All statements need to be submitted prior to  the public hearing, PLEASE contact Mark.Vonachen@renogov.org to let him and the Reno Planning commission know  you oppose this application, Case Number 2019-01.   Your emails should be added to the record.  

As there is no known method to verify if all the planning commissioners have  received your email as intended, and ensure they are not being filtered by the county planning administrator, feel free to include your email address in the body of the email and ask for an email read-receipt from the planning commissioners, not only the planning administrator.


Highlights of the application:

88 GE wind turbines most of which 500 feet tall (over 17% taller than Kingman/Pratt county turbines), access roads, collection station, and transmission lines are part of the project.   A 138kV transmission line would route from the turbines' collection substation in Reno county to the Gordon Evans substation Northeast of Colwich.


The transmission line is to be planned and paid for by the developer, not allowed to use imminent domain.


Southeast Reno county residents and the communities of Andale, Haven, Mount Hope, and St. Joe, Ost would be most impacted.


More information:  

There are several informational article links on this page as well as a lot of information on the internet regarding wind turbine proximity to residents and adverse impacts.  While "anything" can be found on the internet, a general consensus can be formed.  Consider several adverse impacts such as infrasound-related health concerns (noise below what we can hear <20Hz), consistent & inconsistent audible noises, shadow flicker, reflection, and how our area is more populated than almost all other USA wind turbine projects.  The area would continue to grow if not impacted by turbines.  Our duration of exposure to active turbines is greater than other locations.

Responsible siting of turbines is key... treat your neighbor as yourself.


Please speak up and inform others.  Contact our state representatives and county commissioners regularly (links below) and participate in meetings. 

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The proposed footprint.  It subject to change.

This map was provided by the developer months ago to show the developer's proposed plan in SE Reno County.  

It is not in proximity to Pretty Prairie as some media have stated (likely because the name was changed to "Pretty Prairie Wind Farm Project"), but would be 4 miles West of Andale, Southwest of Mount Hope, South of Haven, and North of St. Joe, Ost.

What Can I Do?


Your voice is our most important asset!  Please contact the County Commissioners (listed below) and participate in the community meetings.  


All information and opposition to the project should be directed to:
Mark.Vonachen@renogov.org - Planning Commission Administrator 


Contact County Commissioners

Reno County has been wonderful about providing feedback.  When writing to the county, please include ALL of these contacts.

Ron.Hirst@renogov.org - County Commissioner

Ron.Sellers@renogov.org - County Commissioner

Bob.bush@renogov.org - County Commissioner

Gary.Meagher@renogov.org - County Commission Administrator

Mark.Vonachen@renogov.org - Planning Commission Administrator 

planningcommissioners@renogov.org - Planning Commission  



Contact Kansas House of Representatives

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jack.thimesch@house.ks.gov  - District 114 (Arlington, Nickerson, Partridge, South Hutchinson)

joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov - District 101 (Haven, Yoder, Pretty Prairie, St Joe)

Paul.Waggoner@house.ks.gov District 104 (Buhler, Medora)

steve.huebert@house.ks.gov - District 90 (Andale, Mount Hope)

Jason.Probst@house.ks.gov - District 102 (Hutchinson)


Contact Sedgwick County

District 3 map

David.Dennis@sedgwick.gov - District 3 Commissioner

https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/commissioners/ - County Commissioner Website

Visibility and awareness are key factors.  This project will have far-reaching impacts on our communities, with very few of them being positive.  


Engage people, get a sign, attend Commission Meetings and Public Hearings.

Be a good neighbor and example.

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Upcoming and Past Dates

April 9, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing - (continued)

4:30 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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April 9, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing - (continued)

 

1) Public Comment is still open!  Please email or write in to Mark Vonachen, County Planner, at mark.vonachen@renogov.org with your opposition to the Pretty Prairie Wind Farm due to irresponsible turbine siting.  Feel free to send research to him as well.  He is only accepting information in writing or by email.  After the public hearing, public comment will be closed, so we must speak now.


2) We will still need a lot of help on this day.   Please contact us if you are able to help.

4:30 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

April 4, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing

3:00 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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April 4, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing

 

1) Public Comment is open. Please email or write in to Mark Vonachen, County Planner, at mark.vonachen@renogov.org with your opposition to the Pretty Prairie Wind Farm due to irresponsible turbine siting.  Feel free to send research to him as well.  He is only accepting information in writing or by email.  After the public hearing, public comment will be closed, so we must speak now.

2) We are preparing for the public hearing.  If you would like a topic to research, please let me know.  We appreciate your help.

3) We will need a lot of help on the day of the public hearing.  Please continue watching here for more information.

4) Some people who are getting their homes appraised prior to the final decision.  If you were considering this, you will want to complete it prior to the final decision.

3:00 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

Mar 28, 2019

Sedgwick County Commission to hold public forum on wind and solar energy

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sedgwick County Zoo, Cargill Learning Center

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Mar 28, 2019

Sedgwick County Commission to hold public forum on wind and solar energy

Sedgwick County staff is researching the issues surrounding alternative energy before they make any decisions; however, they also need input from the community to help with those decisions. All five Commissioners will be in attendance to hear the questions, concerns, and recommendations from our citizens. They will not be making any decisions during the public forum; but, it is a way for the Commissioners to hear what the citizens have to say on the issue. Depending on the number of speakers, they may have to limit the time each speaker has.  More information will be coming from their Communications Department in the near future. They hope the public attends to learn and help the Commissioners learn. 


6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sedgwick County Zoo, Cargill Learning Center

feb 26, 2019

No County Commission meeting this week

9:00am

Reno County Courthouse

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feb 26, 2019

No County Commission meeting this week


Regular Commission Meeting Canceled

9:00am

Reno County Courthouse

Feb 24, 2019

**RESCHEDULED to Feb 24 - County Zoning, Wind Farms, and You!

7pm - 10pm

St Joseph, Ost Parish Hall. Located 12917 E Maple Grove Rd, Mt Hope Ks 67108

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Feb 24, 2019

**RESCHEDULED to Feb 24 - County Zoning, Wind Farms, and You!

**Rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Community Meeting to inform about Industrial Wind Facilities and county blanket zoning.

There will be a map of proposed turbine locations on display.

7pm - 10pm

St Joseph, Ost Parish Hall. Located 12917 E Maple Grove Rd, Mt Hope Ks 67108

More Events

Protecting our "Slice of Heaven"

Our Heritage

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Many of us came to Reno County, by desire and determination.  Clear skies and pristine landscapes, a perfect backdrop for farming, and raising families.  
Those of us lucky enough to have  been born here, second and third generation farmers, have made and contributed to an everlasting heritage to be passed onto future generations.  Thank you!

Testimonials

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About 20 years ago the young man  I was dating drove me out to Reno county.  We paused looking over the green fields, and meadows, and he said "Here is where  I want to build a house and raise a family. "  That stuck with me.
15 years later, a home, three kids, we are where we were meant to be.
Everyday, I look out over those same green fields and  clear skies grateful for everything.
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I've lived at this location for 37 years. I LOVE the quiet, peaceful solitude out here!!! The views are beautiful, and the noises that I can hear out here are usually crickets chirping, birds singing, and coyotes howling! My boys love it out here, and they farm! I have no desire to move to town, and I never dreamed in a million years that these dark night skies, peaceful quiet, or gorgeous views might be robbed from us!!
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Moved to country to raise children and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful views.
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We moved to SE Reno county for the open, undisturbed, quiet scenic country views; we could have lived anywhere after my retirement from the Marine Corps, but we chose to raise our family here.  However, if the county fails to represent the citizens most affected by the proposed wind farm, we will move out of Reno altogether.
 

Our Goal

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Our purpose in creating this website is to make sure everyone has access to pertinent information regarding industrial wind turbines, associated transmission lines, and their impacts on surrounding communities.  

Further Information on Industrial Wind Facilities

Health

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Industrial wind facilities have been associated with  several health concerns; the most common being sleep disturbance, headache, anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction.  Many of these symptoms are self-reported, therefore quantifiable evidence of harm is difficult to correlate.

2018 European World Health Organization (WHO) Environmental Noise Guidelines 2018
These guidelines are relevant as the research spans multiple continents.  "For average noise exposure, the GDG conditionally recommends reducing noise levels produced by wind turbines below 45 dB Lden, as wind turbine noise above this level is associated with adverse health effects "  pg. 77

http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/383921/noise-guidelines-eng.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3653647/

https://windwisema.org/about/noise/wind-turbine-syndrome-and-vibroacoustic-disease/


https://www.masterresource.org/wind-turbine-noise-issues/wind-turbine-noise-harm/?fbclid=IwAR0DX48UVKAZcIOybkE0yyqu_ArBQMFANQnyIrwv6bHPMqYEFUZpcJHYiZ8


Properly Interpreting the Epidemiological Evidence about  Health Effects of Wind Turbines on Nearby Residents.
https://waubrafoundation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Phillips-Carl-2011-Bulletin-of-Science-Technology-Society.pdfal  


http://greatlakeswindtruth.org/featured/just-in-dr-riina-bray-of-womens-college-hospital-warns-of-proximity-to-wind-turbines/?fbclid=IwAR2S65KoHAsKr9fbmmUS3DD25o9htXEVg-v2IjKPjf1eJ0sDSlIKhWJQXfABrown County Human Services Special Event-Duke Energy Shirley Wind-Sept 12th, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=LonNAh9kMYw&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2kvoZO-DEho%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded&fbclid=IwAR0TGXeBEZiqVZbExIfFpcXXamQN9dUOArRJ5oI_W9eSCija9OeOfI51HpA  

The Truth About Industrial Wind Energy - 3 of 12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtPE3O8wmiw&feature=player_embedded

JUST IN: DR RIINA BRAY OF WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL WARNS OF PROXIMITY TO WIND TURBINES
http://greatlakeswindtruth.org/featured/just-in-dr-riina-bray-of-womens-college-hospital-warns-of-proximity-to-wind-turbines/?fbclid=IwAR2S65KoHAsKr9fbmmUS3DD25o9htXEVg-v2IjKPjf1eJ0sDSlIKhWJQXfA

Property Value

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03/20/19:  Trump says, "Put the windmills up and watch the value of your house, if you're in sight of a windmill, watch the value of your house go down by 65%."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/22/politics/fact-check-trump-wind-turbines-property-value/index.html?no-st=1553474506


Property value loss from North Stormont wind farm in the millions: Wind Concerns Ontario
https://ottawawindconcerns.com/2018/12/06/property-value-loss-from-north-stormont-wind-farm-in-the-millions-wind-concerns-ontario/?fbclid=IwAR0xZLRVUcCEh6HrxE6DcO6Znanu8yFMQs6o2gHo3z_fWFn8KIz3N3figzo

Do Wind Turbines Lower Property Values?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2015/09/23/do-wind-turbines-lower-property-values/#57117ec648cb
"Big Wind has attempted to intimidate some of its rural opponents by filing lawsuits against them. Last year, NextEra sued the town of Hinton in federal and state court after the town passed an ordinance restricting wind-energy development. The wind-energy giant also sued local governments in Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri, all of which had passed measures restricting wind-energy development."

https://www.city-journal.org/wind-power-is-not-the-answer?fbclid=IwAR20wVGDtepje04PColHepyP0ShWhyhn1Y8f_J01a2YhbFwBp8UbWk7V89g

Property Devaluation
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The most basic law of economics is that things are valued based on the “Law of Supply and Demand.” It is exceedingly obvious, all things being equal, that many people (due to view, sound, flicker, etc) would choose NOT to buy a home where there are industrial wind turbines close by. (Whether they are right or wrong in their reasons is irrelevant.) These beliefs would reduce demand, which clearly would have some negative impact on the price of such a property. 

Any report that concludes that there are zero negative property value effects related to wind projects simply can not be considered seriously. The only real question is how much of an impact? This list is intended to identify just some of the more objective studies and commentary about the adverse effects of wind energy projects on home values near wind projects. "

http://www.lakeontarioturbines.com/PDF/REValues.pdf

http://www.windaction.org/posts/26696-testimony-of-michael-mccann-on-property-value-impacts-in-adams-county-il#.W-3KjWB1qUm

https://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2010/i-predict-a-series-of-rural-ghettos-abandoned-unmaintained-homes-ill/

Farmland

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There are conflicting reports and studies in regards to the impact  industrial turbines would have on crop yields, soil impaction and field accessibility.  

http://www.windaction.org/posts/27845-is-wind-farming-compatible-with-agriculture#.W93uG5NKgdU

https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-research-finds-wind-farms-positively-impact-crops

Environment

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https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-are-bats-affected-wind-turbines

"Bats eat insects, saving farmers billions of dollars in pest control each year, but they generally do not get much attention. "
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bat-killings-by-wind-energy-turbines-continue/

 We present here analyses suggesting that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses estimated at more than $3.7 billion/year. Urgent efforts are needed to educate the public and policy-makers about the ecological and economic importance of insectivorous bats and to provide practical conservation solutions.
http://reviverestore.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Economic_Importance_of_Bats_in_Agriculture.pdf

Storm Tracking

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Industioral wind facilities cause weather radar interference, and hinder effective storm tracking.

https://www.weather.gov/mkx/windfarm

https://www.roc.noaa.gov/WSR88D/WindFarm/TurbinesImpactOn.aspx




Articles

Area News

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February 6, 2019 New Planning Commission Members
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20190205/two-new-members-named-to-reno-county-planning-commision

December 11th 2018 Reno County Commission rejects request for more wind direction. http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181211/reno-county-commission-rejects-request-for-more-wind-direction?fbclid=IwAR2RBy3Snk_Xv_HbXgDesZ-jvJjgvXRI0kypht4bl68SFvGkA95D_5wXGj4 


Reno County planning board serves as next step for wind farm  http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181205/reno-county-planning-board-serves-as-nexteras-next-step-for-wind-farm  


Plans for controversial wind farm moving forward in Reno County (KWCH) https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Plans-for-controversial-wind-farm-moving-forward-in-Reno-County-501947181.html?fbclid=IwAR2O-ZfdaJznDubwD-hAp2rteHl7V_v0GnUWbUzMRuPd5w5ti78c9AsnNpA  


Reno Commissioners Seek outside input http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181120/reno-commissioners-seek-input-from-pratt-kingman-officials-on-wind-farm?fbclid=IwAR33b_YfVgThguzYcbRlSvCTTdTrNARa41ExVtEAdtkAVeeI2WuurHL0EHw 


Possible Reno County Moratorium http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181107/reno-commission-may-take-up-wind-moratorium-later-this-month 


McPherson County Moratorium https://www.mcphersonweeklynews.com/wind-energy-leases-raise-conflict-of-interest-concerns-new-moratorium-approved/?fbclid=IwAR0mbAEsT8nNESVsVedpt5R3wcKz8KJ1UoLqmKW862zq063OO6EiHGeYB6U  


November 27th
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181127/nextera-offers-turbine-setback-noise-and-shadow-limits-at-pretty-prairie-wind-farm
 
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181129/residents-give-negative-feedback-for-wind-farm?fbclid=IwAR3qKScpxMR92Obhl05vaTBrASQ3IRQBDNY07jBYn_BnvMM5sMPSPB2Silg  

Video Testimonials

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About Us

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We are an ever growing group of area residents, families, farmers, and business people concerned about the growing threat of industrial wind facilities and their transmission lines to our region and the effects of those upon our lives.