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Med Bow okays wind

Medicine Bow town council hears update on projects totaling 300 wind turbines, gives letter of support


The Medicine Town Council met at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 and got an update from Krista Mann of Invenergy regarding two proposed wind projects, Echo Flats and T.B. Flats.

Mann said Echo Flats was a 250-megawatt project and T.B. Flats was a 500 MW project and Invenergy had held open houses in both Hanna and Medicine Bow. To date, Invenergy has completed land surveys and were working their way through the industrial siting process for Department of Environmental Quality.

Mann asked the Medicine Bow Town Council if it would provide a letter of support for the projects. Sharon Biamon, town council member, asked when Invenergy would break ground and Mann said the company hoped to break ground in the Spring of 2019 and be on line by 2020. Kenda Colman, town council member, wanted to know the number of turbines for the project. Mann said 100 at Echo Flats and 200 at T. B. Flats. The council approved a letter of support for the Invenergy wind projects.

Ordinance 1-2017 amending Chapter 2, Article III of the Medicine Bow Municipal Code to provide for a Municipal Court was approved on its third reading. The council approved a third reading Ordinance 2-2017 amending Chapter 2, Article IV of the Medicine Bow Municipal Code to provide for a Code Enforcement Officer. The council took out the requirement in the job description of Code Enforcement Officer to have web design experience.

Mayor Kevin Colman said he had had a request from a citizen to look into a microphone and speaker system for the council chambers. He said it was hard for some people to hear what was being said at the meetings. A motion was approved by the council to price a microphone system for the council chambers.

A snow fence to be repaired that shelters Oregon Street was approved. Charlie George, public works director, reported the new backhoe would be at the shop in the morning. George and Shane Blakeman, town council and maintenance operator were looking into re-plumbing the compressor at the Community Hall to supplement the air or to add a second tank in case the dry system lost power, there would not be a leak. George said they had considered getting a small generator just for the system.

At 8:32 p. m. the council went into executive session and at 9:04 p.m. the council came back into regular session and accepted the minutes of the executive session and sealed them. The council tabled discussion on the Town’s RV Park pending further research.

The next scheduled Medicine Bow Town Council is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the town hall.


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