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As pieces of wind turbines have been transported through Page County for a wind turbine project in northern Missouri, Page County Board of Supervisors are reviewing possible regulations should the electric generators be put to use here.

During their meetings Tuesday, Sept. 17, and Sept. 24, supervisors considered various regulations of the towers that can stand as high more than 200 feet.

Page County has reviewed other county’s ordinances to help determine what route they should go. A public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, during the supervisors’ regularly scheduled meeting.

A common issue with wind turbine development is the potential damage to roads during construction of the turbines. County roads are not designed to fully withstand the extremely heavy weight of the turbine components and related construction equipment. It’s common for the developer of the turbine project to be fully responsible to correct any damages to public roads and to private property.

Responsibility also falls on the developer to repair any bridge and water drainage device that has been damaged.

Some county regulations dictate where the turbines can be placed to protect wildlife habitat, environmentally sensitive and public-use land. The turbine could be set back a distance equal to 105 percent its total height from any public right of way, overhead utility lines or adjacent property lines not under the same ownership.

It’s likely the county will also require a plan, including financing, if the turbines are not needed in the future and must be removed. The rules will also state how long a turbine is not used to define when it has been abandoned.

Each turbine may have its own 911 emergency address.

In other county news…

County safety coordinator Tom Nordhues suggested to the supervisors of having all county employees in the courthouse wear nametags. He said the nametags will help people in the courthouse easily determine who is an employee. Nordhues said he knows of school districts and hospitals that have employee nametags.

Supervisors were not opposed to the suggestion but said they would have to research making nametags policy.

Nordhues also said he is researching courthouse security.

“There is a lot of traffic in the courthouse,” he said.

Nordhues was scheduled to meet with Mark Shaffer last week. He is a safety consultant the county hired in early 2018 to improve the county’s safety policies and procedures. Nordhues is expected to have his own budget in fiscal year 2021. The county will use the general fund for his expenses.

Supervisors approved Alan Ascherl to the Clarinda Library Board of Trustees.

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