Turbines to expand, group to block effort

By Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Board approved a wind ordinance, now expanding the proposed project to the northern part of DeKalb County, raising concern among residents.

The 500-foot wind turbines will be visible throughout the county and Concerned Citizens for DeKalb County, an anti-wind turbine group, said they want to spread awareness about the potential project.

The proposed project would affect Sycamore, Genoa, DeKalb, Malta, Kirkland and Kingston.

Concerned Citizens for DeKalb County will be hosting a community meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at Mayfield Congregational Church, 28405 Church Road, in Sycamore.

“Wind farm projects could forever change the landscape of our charming towns and rural landscapes into industrial forests of spinning blades,” Belanger said.

Residents voiced their issues with the wind ordinance at the April 25 Planning and Zoning Committee meeting where over 70 community members were present, according to a Concerned Citizens for DeKalb County May 4 press release.

Some of the larger aspects of the project worrying residents are loss in property values, shadow flicker, safety, noise and infrasound.

“We invite everyone to learn more about the project’s potential impact in DeKalb County,” said Brad Belanger, head of Concerned Citizens for DeKalb County, in the May 4 press release. “We will discuss action plans and outline why and how people should get involved.”

The meeting will provide residents with updates on the DeKalb County wind ordinance and scientific research to help guide attendees in their suggestions of standards for the project.

The ordinance could potentially lead to the installation of 100 or more wind turbines.