Citizens wait for release of term sheet, site plan

After 2-1/2 hours of executive sessions on Monday, July 8, county residents are still waiting for the release of the new term sheet and the site plan for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm, which is to be located in southern Nemaha County.

Nemaha County Commissioners Gary Scoby, Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry entered into a one-hour executive session at 9:10 a.m., and then extended the executive session for another hour until 11:10 a.m. Following the extension, County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans announced that the commissioners would stay in executive session until 11:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., with approximately 30 county residents – anxiously waiting for the documents release – present in the hallway outside of the commissioners’ room, Scoby announced that the County is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources.

“We continue to engage in negotiations with NextEra,” he said. “We have no news to report, and there will be no more wind discussion in the office today.”

Those present asked if commissioners could give the public a “warning in advance” for when the term sheet and site plan will be released, that way they do not have to continue to attend their meetings to learn that negotiations continue.

“We will let you know when it is released,” Scoby said.

“We can’t guarantee that there is going to be an agreement, so we can’t guarantee it at this point in time,” County Attorney Brad Lippert said. “If an agreement is reached, we will get that news out.”

Bill Glace asked if it was accurate that only one week would be allowed for the public to review it, between the time the documents are released and when the commissioners will vote on the two documents.

“That is yet to be determined. We’ve talked about a week,” Scoby said.

“But this has been put off for two months, and then there is just a week to get it together,” Glace said.

“We may extend that a little bit, but we don’t know for sure,” Scoby said.

Another patron said they thought it should be “equal to time served” and that the public should have an equal amount of time to review the documents, that the county has been in negotiations on the term sheet and site plan.

The commissioners plan to meet again at 9 a.m. Monday, July 15.

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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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