ESCANABA – The Delta County Board of Commissioners opted Tuesday not to pass a moratorium on building additional windmills on the Garden Peninsula. The county’s planning commission is currently looking at possible regulations concerning wind turbines in the county.
Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich said a group from the Garden Peninsula asked the county to pass a moratorium until the new regulations are passed.
“They decided to get an attorney’s decision before they put a moratorium on it just to see what the ramifications or if it’s legal for them to do that,” Kolich said.
Kolich said she could not discuss what was talked about with the attorney Tuesday but the commissioners took no action after reconvening from executive session.
“Commissioner Rivard did speak to that. Because of pending litigation that could come of this that the board at this time is not looking at a moratorium. It doesn’t mean that they won’t but as of last night they hadn’t moved to have a moratorium,” she said.
There are currently no applications for additional wind turbines in the county. Heritage Sustainable Energy of Traverse City installed 14 turbines on the Garden Peninsula in 2012.
The planning commission is considering possible regulations such as setbacks on property lines and noise levels. They meet again Nov. 3.
Several people again commented on the issue at Tuesday’s county board meeting. Cristi Curre of Garden Township presented several studies to the commissioners on Vibroacoustic Disease. It concerns the response of biological tissue to low frequency noise.