Say NO to Shayne Thomas (BigWind friend) for the Ohio house

PLEASE ask Ohio legislators to NOT ENDORSE SHAYNE THOMAS for his bid to run for the 88th district.

Please both call and email the Speaker of the Ohio House, Larry Householder. Shayne Thomas is seeking key endorsements from legislators at the state level in a bid to fill the seat of Bill Reineke 88th District Representative. If Shayne Thomas secures those endorsements, he will be a viable candidate in the primary election this spring.

When you email Rep. Householder also include these legislators on that email: rep72@ohiohouse.gov   Phone (614) 466-2500
– Representative Bill Reineke (Seneca and Sandusky County) rep88@ohiohouse.gov

– Representative Dick Stein (Huron County) Rep57@ohiohouse.gov

– Representative Bill Seitz (House Majority Leader) rep30@ohiohouse.gov

– Senator Dave Burke Burke@ohiosenate.gov

– Representative John Cross rep 83@ohiohouse.gov

– Representative Nino Vitale rep85@ohiohouse.gov

Below are just a few of the many concerns that have been expressed already by those in the community concerning Shayne’s conduct as Seneca County Commissioner:

  1. Many area residents started contacting Shayne Thomas in December 2017 to express concern about the proposed wind projects following public disclosure by the wind development companies. How many did he tell “there wasn’t anything we could do to stop them” or “although he hates to see hog barns or big silos go up the landowners have every right to do with their land what they choose”.

2.  After December of 2017 many came to learn that he had been promoting the reduction of setbacks at the state level. This would place turbines closer to non-participating property lines than what current law allows. In June of 2017 when the majority of Seneca county was unaware of utility scale wind energy development in Seneca county, Shayne Thomas, Susan Monroe (from Apex and Van Wert county)and local businessman Gary Baldosser went before the Senate Finance Committee to promote the reduction to setbacks in Ohio.

Their pictures are below and the video testimony can be viewed here: https://www.ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-senate-finance-committee-6-7-2017;jsessionid=65d2ab0bd287a7ceb1a4d5c798ba

3. Shayne Thomas used his influence to promote these projects by seeking legal counsel to support them at the OPSB. He recommended the Seneca County Commissioners hire the same lawyer that represents Apex Energy. Apex Energy is also the same company associated with the wind lease in which the family of Mr. Thomas will benefit financially from in the proposed Honey Creek LLC. 

4. Although Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner recommended the commissioners rescind the AEZ. Shayne Thomas was very vocal in protecting the AEZ (Alternative Energy Zone). After thousands of signatures were collected county wide to rescind the AEZ, Shayne Thomas made a statement at the November 13th 2018 commissioner’s meeting, recommending they wait until 9/19/19 at 9:00 AM to rescind the AEZ. A bizarre date which ultimately was changed and the AEZ was ultimately sunset in June of 2019.

5. In another commissioners meeting on August 21st, 2018, Shayne Thomas chose to walk out on a retired Seneca East School teacher and veteran, Paul Smith during a commissioners meeting. Shayne abruptly adjourned the meeting when Mr. Jones, a beloved teacher and writer, went to the podium to speak.

The video can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm6JQ37BRJg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1bijWOtyaNHHzJuUFOXBuqiPgBEOw6wLkOxP2xkSMhTKQKKdJvwCLEXuA

Now that there are two Seneca County Commissioners working hard to protect Seneca County from utility scale wind energy development, it appears Shayne Thomas plans to move forward in his political aspirations in running for the 88th District State Representative against Gary Click in the spring primary election on the Republican ticket. Interestingly, Gary Click recently attended a Seneca Anti-Wind Informational meeting and he has been very engaged with our group asking questions and sharing the concern over safety regarding blade throws.

Shayne Thomas apparently has seen the writing on the wall in Seneca County with 5 out 6 townships within the Republic Wind project voting to intervene. Also, the Seneca East School Board, The Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Seneca County Commissioners, Seneca County Parks, and numerous residents in the wind projects all choosing to oppose utility scale wind energy development in Seneca County. Shayne is pictured at the end of this email surveying a large group which assembled in a Republic Town Hall meeting which overwhelmingly opposed industrial wind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ50LapkfGc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3tsHumgbZuHANPasPivFxqNZK2Uxed8kkjrYVqEzvVOORqCrpMHCviag0

In violation of section 2921.43 of Chapter 102 of the Ohio Revised Code, Commissioner Thomas has used his position in Seneca County to promote and secure wind projects for the financial gain of his family. (https://www.ethics.ohio.gov/education/factsheets/ethicslaw.pdf)

#WeWontForget #NOwindturbinesinSenecaCounty

 

What will BigWind ‘really’ do to your home value???

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For every flawed study the Big Wind industry presents with no real loss of property value resulting from massive turbines, there are 10 more studies indicating that is definitely not the case.

Wind leases continue to be gathered in townships surrounding the rural Tiffin area. There will be over a thousand homes within two miles of the 600-652 foot, skyscraper-size turbines. Home values will decline on average 25 percent within a 2 MILE radius of the turbines in a “Wind Farm” (ref. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13). The median home value in Seneca county is $108, 381, and in Sandusky County it is $123,145 (ref. 10, 11). If we take the lowest median home value of $108,381 and factor a modest 25 percent loss that would be $27,095 per home. The conservative estimated loss of property value within the Tiffin area alone could easily exceed $27 million! It’s important to note that ALL the studies sited for this article were based on industrial wind turbines that were 477 feet high or smaller. Industrial turbines proposed for the Tiffin area will be significantly bigger and louder. Also, the setbacks (how far a turbine can be from a property) were in some studies much further than the 1,125 ft. setback required by Ohio law currently.

Current Ohio setbacks (1,125 ft from the property) are the lowest in the four-state region and significantly lower than other European countries that require a 1.5- to 3-mile setback on average. Most states require a set-back distance of 3 times the turbine length for safety reasons (ref. 6, 8)….There will also be steeper declines for home values in “Good Neighbor Agreement-Wind Leases.”

Your county commissioners absolutely have the power to limit or stop these Wind Projects. Don’t let them throw you off like Shayne Thomas and Holly Stacy did for months to the residents in Seneca County. If you’re in Seneca County, email Ms. Stacy and Mr. Thomas today. Tell them to get out of the Alternative Energy Zone (AEZ) and intervene AGAINST these wind projects, NOT FOR them! If your county is NOT in an AEZ they can negotiate better property tax arrangements and road use agreements, which may even deter the wind companies from continuing to pursue projects there. That has been the case in Hardin and Van Wert counties (ref. 5, 15)….

 

Letter to the Editor

Isn’t 143 turbines enough? (In rural Ohio)

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This is a very sad tale about our friends in Northern Ohio. It highlights why it so important to know who you are voting for, on the local, state and national levels.  We suspect the next county commissioner race will end with some new faces….

If you are paying attention, you know Seneca County is on schedule to have a total of 143 wind turbines as high as the tallest buildings in Columbus built in two projects here over the next couple years. Unlike other areas where these monstrosities are usually built, our county has many dispersed residential homesites. Of the almost 56,000 people in Seneca County, well over half live in the rural areas. This means that no matter where the 143 turbines are placed, there will be many people living nearby each one of them.

Despite what you may read or hear from the wind companies, living close to a wind turbine is not so great. Maybe a fun place to visit, but not a fun place to live….

County commissioners Holly Stacy and Shayne Thomas want wind turbines in our county so bad that they insist on giving them huge local property tax discounts to get them here. Because of the massive federal tax incentives, building wind projects is a lucrative and profitable business. That is why they are being built. They do not need further property tax abatement from our county. We will be the ones forced to live under the turbines. We should not have to offer discounts for the “pleasure” of putting up with them….

You may not know yet, but besides the two projects totaling 143 turbines, there are at least three more projects being put together behind the scenes in this county that could announce themselves any day. They probably will be another 50-100 turbines each. Isn’t 143 enough for now? Do you think we need to add more before we have even seen the first ones? Do you think we should continue to offer massive tax breaks to entice more to build?

Your county is about to change forever in a big way. A recent professional online poll found that 3 out of 4 people in Seneca County do not want any of this to happen…

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Dear Seneca county, it’s time to call your commissioners

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Are YOU, or a family/friend, one of the county members who has NOT contacted your county commissioners? What is your fear? That nothing can be done? Now is the time to exercise your right, as a voting member of the county, and your RESPONSIBILITY to let these county commissioners know your views.  Prove to Ms. Stacy, (and Mr. Thomas)without a doubt, that there are plenty of people opposed to the industrial wind turbine projects. 

This county will regret the AEZ. They may as well put up a flashing WELCOME sign for industrial wind turbine companies. 5 years from now, life in that region will be dramatically different…..

The tumultuous wind farm debate, as well as Seneca County Commissioner’s role in it, remained the public’s key concern during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled commissioner’s meeting.

As they have in weeks past, anti-wind advocates from the townships attended yesterday’s meeting to speak against erecting wind turbines in Seneca County.

Two community members questioned commissioners, Holly Stacy and Shayne Thomas, about their stance on the turbines when there seemed to be a “majority” in the county against the project. They sited the “many” signs in yards around the county as evidence of the county’s constituents rejection of the AEZ and the wind turbines.

A township resident questioned whether or not it was the duty of the county commissioners to represent what the majority of their constituents wanted.

In response, both Stacy and Thomas said it was their job to try to serve the greater good of the county.

“My job is to do what is best for the county,” said Stacy.

Further, she said it was the job of the commissioners to do research and use the “information they have” to make informed choices on county issues.

In addition, she pointed out there was no “scientific data” proving the majority of the county were against the wind farms and supporters have less incentive to be vocal because two current projects are moving forward.

According to published reports, even if the commissioners voted to rescind the AEZ now, it would have absolutely no effect on the existing projects that have already been approved through the establishment of the AEZ in 2011…

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