‘Hite’-Way Robbery amendment gives BigWind POWER in Ohio

“(Senator) Cliff Hite introduces amendment to grant private property to foreign corporations without the consent of the property owner, a land grant unequaled since the days of the railroad robber barons.” Kevon Martis, IICCUSA

Senator Cliff Hite has introduced an amendment to the budget bill returning setback measurements to a non-participating neighbor’s home rather than the property line.   He thinks sufficient protections are provided because he proposes an increase in setbacks from previous property line measurements from 1.1 times turbine height to 1.2 times the height.  Hite claims he is acting on behalf of his constituents who demand reduced setbacks.  He identifies his supporters as Hardin, Putnam, Seneca, Paulding and Fulton Counties.  It would be interesting to ask the County Commissioners in these counties – on the record – if they support the uncompensated seizure of private property.  Ironically, Van Wert commissioners and others have been on record disputing some of the outrageous claims from the BigWind supporters. See our April 20, 2017 post, “Ohio mayor shares the realities of BigWind in Van Wert, Ohio”.  We have blogged these in the past.  Are the Commissioners of these counties looking to profit from PILOT payments if more wind can be built in their counties?  Projects that are granted PILOT provide that a certain amount of money will be paid into the Commissioner’s discretionary fund each year.  This money can be used to give raises, buy trucks or do whatever the Commissioners want.  Persons in these counties are encouraged to ask their Commissioners if they have written letters of support for stealing land from the people they represent.  Remember, zoning is intended to separate incompatible land uses.  Measuring the setback of an industrial power plant (aka wind turbine) from a neighboring home rather than the neighbor’s property line destroys the protection of zoning and destroys property values too.  We call this HITE-WAY ROBBERY.

The Hite-Way Robbery Amendment  will now be considered for inclusion in the state budget.  We urge everyone to make their calls to the Senate Finance Committee members who will be making this decision in the coming week.  Supporters of property line measurement may also wish to call their State Rep. and urge them to oppose inclusion of the Amendment.  If the Hite-Way Robbery Amendment is put in the budget and adopted by the Senate, the mess will fall into the laps of the House members.  Those folks can either help you fight for your property rights now or they will have to fight for your rights later.  If the matter goes to the House later this month, a compromise may be negotiated where townships are given the power to decide whether setbacks are reduced or not. 

 

ACT NOW to prevent the Hite Amendment from being put into the Budget Bill!

 

A timely news report from a turbine failure in Oklahoma shows once again why protective setbacks from property lines are so important.   “The broken blade sits about 100 yards behind the wind turbine, crushing all of the corn that surrounds it. The cornfield belongs to Ken Carpenter, who declined to comment. Cleaning up the blade and wind turbine could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to two months, and will involve bringing a large crane near the field to take the blade off, McIntyre said.”

 

All readers are asked to call their House Representatives and Senators THIS WEEK to object to any amendment reducing property line setbacks.   IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CALL THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND SENATE PRESIIDENT.   We recommend that you CALL THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE: 

 

Senate President Larry  Obhoff (614) 466-7505

Senate Finance Committee Chair Scott Oelslager (614) 466-0626

Senate Finance Vice Chair Gayle Manning  (614) 644-7613

Senator Troy Balderson (614) 466-8076

Senator Bill Beagle (614) 466-6247

 

Not sure what to say?   “I oppose any budget bill amendment to allow a wind developer to take my land.  Zoning begins at my property line not my front door.   Giving wind developers the right to trespass on my land strips away my property rights and will burden my family for generations.  THIS IS ‘HITE-WAY’ ROBBERY!”   

 

PLEASE MAKE YOUR CALLS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!    ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO MAKE CALLS.   THE SENATE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM US.

 

A destroyed wind turbine blade now sits in the middle of a corn field about 10 miles east of Enid.

“We’ve never had a catastrophic blade failure like that,” said Jeff McIntyre, regional wind site manager of NextEra Energy…

The blade broke off the turbine sometime Wednesday night…,

“(We will) need to go through and assess the rest of the blades and make sure there’s not any exposure to the rest of the site, or any of the property around the site,” McIntyre said…

The broken blade sits about 100 yards behind the wind turbine, crushing all of the corn that surrounds it. The cornfield belongs to Ken Carpenter, who declined to comment.

 Cleaning up the blade and wind turbine could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to two months, and will involve bringing a large crane near the field to take the blade off, McIntyre said…

Source: Blade breaks off wind turbine east of Enid | News | enidnews.com

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