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I Limited to Meridien (Relight) Proposed Agreement ~ ~. , By Mike Lakin Junel7schoolboardmeetingwasa onlyiftheLoganCountyBoardapproves tothepr0jecthad2,100signatures;that i : i continuation from the June 15 school the project, and if it votes no - and the number in a county where the voter board meeting. The public was allowed project is approved - the district loses turnout is 2,376 voters. He concluded to address the board on the- issue, but financial benefits, the proposed agreement was a bribe and only people who had not spoken at the Carl Oglesby sup-did not sound ethical. June 15 school board meeting, ported the proposed Kelley Benhart oppos- The following presentations by the public agreement - stanng ed the proposed agree- me alsmct was looK- merit offering her Latham F efighters weremade to the board.., ing at funds to allowopinion the proposed ~' 6P/hmual Saturday @ • • • • @ • Car Show AM ($5), in different classes, first 50 receive dash plates Show is noon to 4 PM, Judging from 2:30 to 3 PM Antique Tractor- Engine Registration 11 AM, dash plates given Show is noon until 4:30 PM olympics at BallPark 2 PM for kids of all ages through high school • I • • • • • Kids Pedal Tractor Pull 4 PM in front of firehouse •••OSO• -Tennessee Borderline 5 to 8 PM • • • • @ • • Five Large Prize Drawing 8:30 PM Tickets can be bought from any Firefighter or at the Ice Cream Social. Serving of sandwiches, ice cream, cake, and soft drinks start at noon atthe firehouse. Free Tickets w,h purchase from the food line for area merchant prizes to be given away during the alternoon and evening. Latham Fireliohlers woull like [o invite eye,one to an altemoon and eeino offamilyfun. .,~""' ., . ..., ..>.... David Meister sup- ported the proposed agreement - saying the vote for the turbines rested with the Logan County Board. He did not believe a vote for the proposed agree- merit was, in anyway, a vote to sell the soul of the board. He saw advantages to taxpayers and students. Brandi Butler sup- ported the proposed agreement - offered alternatives to make $500,000 per year... Raise taxes 10%; Work another 3,000 tram shifts a year; Add 2% more of sales taxes; Raise book fees $800 per student; Build 20 more Casey's; Build 200,000 or more houses in school district; Have each student deliver 100 pizzas for Hzza Man; Have 500-Fall Fes- tival dinners; and Have 1,000 pork chop sales at Johnson's. sarah Cooper sup- ported the proposed agreement - said her family would live the footprint of the tur- bines. Sarah did not accept the proposition of adverse health issues for the family, the farm, or their animals. She recited what she saw as benefits for the schools. Added to her comments was whether there would be support for future school tax increases if the vote Was no. ::~/ ~t~::::: Jim DeWitt sup- ported the proposed agreement - making a sucdnct comment that if the district approves the proposed agree- ment it receives money, necessary improve- ments. Carl rhetorically asked how many offers such as this are coming to the district. He pointed out the existing turbines in the Hartem School District adds taxes of $350,000 per year; helping a small school district. Chris Cowan oppos- ed the proposed agree- ment - commenting on a chance meeting with Relight representatives in Lincoln. Mr. Woo said that if the vote fails again, the company would keep coming back. "Chris asked why the company doesn't look at the wide-open spaces of Kansas for turbine placement. He was told lobbyist in Kansas, block turbine construction to protect prairie chickens. Chris said he contemplated the answer - turbines affecting prairie chickens - then what is the effect on humans. He also asked the board to consider the stipula- tions the proposed agreement placed on the board. Larry Cyrulik sup- ported the proposed agreement - saying this proposal was the opportunity to have donated funds to help in the education of children. He then pro- posed a dilemma to the board - refusing to take free money, but at some point asking taxpayers for a tax referendum. Darrell Cameo OplX~ ed the proposed agree- ment - giving as an example of Livingston County where at the end of 100-hours of testimony a PrOPosed wind farm was rejected. He said a petition signed in opposition C ONAWAY HANDYM~ SERVICE LLC ] Fully Insured )- Painting >~ Small Repairs Other Handyman Jobs Larry L Conaway Jr 217'737'4133 615 s spring st -Mt Pulaski turbines were poten- tially "ripping the town apart." She said the proposal was taking the heat of Meridien (Relight) and put- ting the heat on the school board. She concluded the proposed agreement was a bribe. Ted Hartke oppos.ed the proposed agree- ment - explaining his home was within an existing turbine proj- ect. He said his family abandoned their home in 2013 after trying to live with the operating turbines for 11-months. For his family, his children experienced sleep disorders and sleep deprivation, all affecting their ability to perform in school. He asked the board to reject the proposal, offering his family as an example of wh~it can hal~pen. Brandy Kelley sup- ported the proposed agreement - she saw the funding as an opportunity to improve the schools and educa- tion. As for health con- cems she recited a list of daily exposure that people have that individually can be health risks. After the public had the opportunity to address the board, board members began a discussion of the proposed agreement. Ashley Combs said that since this matter had come up she had contacted various state agencies and that she con- cluded that the consensus was either the board was unable to enter into such an agreement or it was. unauthorized to enter into such an agreement. She quoted Larry Dirks of the Illinois Asso- ciation of school boards as saying that this agreement appeared to be "weird l0 O 01 WILD HARE C AFE Wed-Sun 1 lam to 2:30pm Antiques & Gift Shop Wed-Sun 10am to 3pm Elkhart 217/947-2100