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Wind farm project nearly complete in Gladbrook area

November 14, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer (apotter@timesrepublican.com) , TIMES-REPUBLICAN

The Vienna wind farm project located near Gladbrook is nearing completion on the Marshall County end, said John Kunc at the Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Kunc, the planning and zoning director with the county, said the turbines are expected to be fully operational before Thanksgiving.

The MidAmerican Energy project includes 25 wind turbines in Marshall County and 20 in Tama County. Tina Potthoff, spokesperson with MidAmerican Energy, said 29 of the 45 wind turbines have been placed in-service.

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Work is wrapping up on the Vienna Wind Farm near the Gladbrook and Green Mountain area.

"While the turbines in Marshall and Tama counties have been fully erected, crews are still working to commission turbines so they can be placed in-service and begin delivering energy," Potthoff said.

As a condition of the agreement with Marshall County, the company will need to make sure the rural roads used for the work return to their condition before the project.

Much like the Laurel wind farm project last year, Kunc said no taxpayer money will be used for the Vienna project.

"Our No. 1 priority here is to make sure that the development of these projects in no way causes the county taxpayer to pay one nickel," Kunc said.

Kunc said there was no lost time due to injury during the construction of the turbines, which he said is quite a feat since it dealt with so much heavy machinery.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, David Hicks, director of Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County, updated the supervisors on the work of his agency.

Hicks said they are entering the 30th year of YSS in the county in 2013.

"Being a human service provider, that's kind of amazing when funding is a moving target," Hicks said.

One of the current challenges for YSS, aside from lower grant funding, is helping low-income families find housing.

"Housing just remains an issue here in town," Hicks said.

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Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com

 
 

 

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