Archbold Village Council held the first reading on a proposed village ordinance designed to regulate wind turbines, or windmills.
Council took the action at the Monday night, May 19, meeting, which was held at the Archbold Wastewater Treatment plant. Council toured the facility following the meeting.
Ed Leininger, councilman and member of Archbold Planning Commission, said the first concern of the new ordinance is safety. The proposed ordinance requires that a fall zone be established around a wind turbine tower. The radius of the fall zone must be 125% of the height of the tower.
The ordinance also addresses the issue of noise and flicker effect, the alternating light and shadow caused by light passing through the turning blades.
Leininger said the ordinance was drawn from similar legislation passed by other communities. Several persons helped in the development of the proposed ordinance: Leininger mentioned Carma Grime, village zoning inspector, and Tony Urbas, engineer, of Whitehouse.
Also discussed was a proposal from Brad Miller, representing Saddlewood LLC.
Miller proposes developing housing on "estate-size" lots, each covering six acres.
The proposed development is slated for a 150-acre site on the south side of Miller Avenue east of Woodland Oaks II, and the platted, but never developed, Cambridge Estates housing project.
Kevin Morton, councilman and council liaison with the Archbold Park Board, asked how far to the south the Saddlewood property extends.
Bob Seaman, village engineer, said the Saddlewood site covers the east end of Woodland Park.
Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said Miller plans to work with park board to connect a street through the development to the road extending through the park.
However, Howell said such a project would require a large amount of storm drainage work. There are no plans to develop an interconnecting road in the near future.
During a May 12 planning commission meeting, Miller told commission members the Saddlewood project is only being discussed.
Council approved a supplemental appropriation at the meeting.
Howell said the supplemental appropriation was required because the village had not planned on refinancing its debt, which it did at a previous meeting.
Council also approved transferring $200,000 from the village income tax fund to the street maintenance fund.
Howell said council takes the action every so often to support street maintenance efforts.
Melanie Nagel, assistant village administrator, told board members they are required to take public records training once during each of their elected terms.
However, she said councilmen could designate a person to attend the training for them. She said the last time, she was the designated person for eight other persons.
Board members discussed, but took no action, on the training.
Jeff Fryman, councilman, was absent. All votes were unanimous.
Next meeting is Monday, June 2, 7 pm, in the Council Chambers.- David Pugh