New Wind Energy Regulations for Cherry County
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 06:55
The Cherry County planning commission met for a regular meeting Tuesday at the Cherry County court room. New member Albert Ericson from North of Mullen was introduced. A public hearing on a conditional use permit for Sharps campground was held at 4:30. The proposal was for 14 electric hook ups at the campground near Brewer Bridge south of Sparks. The permit was approved.
At 5:35 the commission opened a public hearing concerning changes to zoning regulations on wind energy permit applications. The changes had three main areas of concern:
Each turbine would be permitted individually and the zoning administrator would have authority to approve minor changes in construction on each.
The wind developer would have to show financial assurance, or letter of credit, showing the funding for decommissioning the towers if they are not in use.
The applications for permit must include certified engineers stamp and documentation of transmission line and substation easements.
Bluestem Sandhills, the proposed developer of the Kilgore Wind Farm, stated that they have no objections to any of the proposed changes.
After over an hour of public comment, the planning commission voted 7 to 0 to approve the changes.
Gale says candidate complaint was received after deadline
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:20
Secretary of State John Gale says a challenge filed to the candidacy of Thomas Brewer in Legislative District 43 was received in his office after the required statutory deadline. As a result, Gale says he has no authority to review the objection filed by former State Senator LeRoy Louden.
“In this case, the deadline to file an objection against a candidate is seven days after the deadline new candidates can file for office, which is March 1,” explained Gale. “That means the complaint should have been filed no later than March 8.”
The complaint made by Louden was received on August 31.
As to questions about Brewer being a registered voter in Sheridan County, Gale said those needed to be directed to the Sheridan County Clerk, or in the case of a criminal allegation, to county law enforcement.
“State law specifies that the challenged voter be required to answer questions about residency posed by the election commissioner or county clerk,” Gale said. “If the allegation is that the person committed election fraud, then that complaint needs to be made to law enforcement authorities for further investigation.”
The complaint originated because Brewer says he lives in a renovated machine shed in Sheridan County's Gordon, which is part of District 43 in northern and west-central Nebraska. LeRoy Louden used to represent the district, and he said in his Wednesday filing with the Nebraska secretary of state's office that Brewer's real home is in Murdock, just outside Lincoln. The filing says the Gordon shed is not listed or taxed as residential property.