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10/11/2012 9:09:00 PM
Revoke resolution

To the editor:

On October 16, 2008, Goodhue Wind, LLC, came to the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners (BOC) for approval of a "Resolution Acknowledging Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Status for the Goodhue Wind, LLC." The item was tabled, but re-addressed and enacted at the December 4, 2008, BOC meeting.

Within that 2008 Resolution, many items resolved have changed: Goodhue Wind, LLC, is no longer an involved corporate entity; small-scale became large-scale wind; ownership by a Minnesota LLC has changed ownership to AWA Goodhue, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Power (Dallas, TX), owned by T. Boone Pickens (of Texas); turbines numbers were 39 and then 52, 50, and now 48; and there are no local owners.

Of interest, the 2008 Resolution specified development in Belle Creek and Goodhue Townships-not Minneola Township as stated in the Resolution. AWA Goodhue plans to site ten turbines in Minneola Township. How can this Resolution be transferrable to Minneola Township or any other townships in Goodhue County?

In September 2012, this 2008 Resolution was brought to Minneola and Belle Creek Township Boards. Both agreed this 2008 Resolution needed to be rescinded. Documents from both boards along with supporting documents were then submitted to the BOC.

There has been some delay on the county BOC, part due to Atty. Steve Betcher's need to review the documents and to put together a "detailed report" to bring forward to the BOC on October 16, 2012, 9 a.m., Goodhue County Government Center, Red Wing. The BOC "will decide whether to act on the matter, take no action, schedule a Committee of the Whole or schedule additional hearings after the discussion at the meeting."

The county board needs to make a decision now. The 2008 Resolution is four years old, and nothing about it is as it was enacted. If the county is afraid of being sued, and not willing to revoke a document that is no longer valid, what purpose does our board serve?

Please plan to attend this very important county board meeting on October 16 and help support the revocation of this invalid document.

Barbara Stussy

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