Calumet supervisor faces recall over wind project support

Posted on February 12, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


From an article by Susan Squires in the Appleton Post-Crescent:

CHILTON — A recall election is set Tuesday, and its target says it’s a referendum on wind turbines in Calumet County, not — as recall petitioners insist — on his ethical conduct in office.“It’s wind,” said Calumet County Board Supv. Jerry Criter. “It’s just about wind.”Criter, 71, is a farmer who has represented District 16 since 2002. The district, which includes all or parts of the towns of Chilton, Stockbridge and Brothertown, is the epicenter of a bitter dispute over plans to develop industrial wind farms in Calumet County, where winds routinely clock 13 mph.Criter is one of the property owners who would like to put 400-foot wind turbines on his land. If they were buildings, the proposed turbines would stand about 30 stories tall. Developers expect to pay landlords about $8,000 per turbine.

His opponent is political newcomer Ralph Prescott, 53, who lives in the Town of Brothertown and works as a retail consultant.

“The accountability question just hangs out there for me,” said Prescott, whose family sold its small chain of grocery stores in 2003.

The recall’s instigators, who collected 261 signatures to force the special election, admit they’re worried about how the turbines will affect life in Calumet County. But the reasons they give for recalling Criter include a vote he cast in July, which amended a county ordinance to include guidelines for the test towers that measure wind speeds.

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