Wind farm debates slated for next week

The two public debates regarding the proposed Soldier Creek wind farm in southern Nemaha County are scheduled for next week. The first meeting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 22, and the second meeting will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Both meetings will be held at the Nemaha County Community Building, located at 1500 Community Drive in Seneca.

These are the only two public debates that are currently scheduled for those wanting to speak or wanting to be present for the discussion, but according to Nemaha County’s hired wind farm attorney James Neeld, there is a possibility for additional debates.

“The commissioners can choose to have another public debate if they feel like everyone has not had an opportunity to speak,” Neeld said.

The Nemaha County commissioners released the term sheet to the public on Monday, April 1, after months of negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources. The term sheet is available to view on Nemaha County’s website at http://ks-nemaha.manatron.com.

Public Debate Rules

The commissioners have put some procedural rules in place to ensure the meeting is conducted in a fair manner. The rules are as follows:

• Each speaker will be allowed five minutes of public discussion. However, speakers may sign up multiple times on the speaker list.

• Commissioners do not intend to respond to questions during the public discussion period.

• Please remember to be cordial and respectful of everyone’s views and opinions.

Neeld reminded everyone to be respectful of the commissioners and to those speaking at the meeting.

“The commissioners are going to refrain from responding to people until this [the term sheet] goes to a vote,” he said. “You’re all going to be neighbors after this is over. So be nice and cordial, and follow the golden rule.”

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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