Board Of Commissioners Updated On Haystack Wind Project, Agreements Approved For Maintenance And Information Technology

WAYNE – A wind farm project update was provided along with two agreements being approved during the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

From the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom, the board first heard an update from Bradley Construction Management on the Haystack Wind project.

A new site manager was introduced as the group is looking to finish up a few more troubleshooting on the 18 – 2.4 turbines. The 5.0s are starting to turn and see some troubleshooting also as the Haystack Wind project should be fully online by spring of 2022.

The four main cranes are still on site and will take 4-5 days to break down and haul them out of the county. Bradley Construction Management will also be running a night crew for the next couple of weeks looking to work through the winter weather as much as they can.

A three-year Trane renewal agreement was then approved for preventative maintenance on equipment at the courthouse. The company has been great to work with and since their 2017 agreement have offered more service visits on the chiller, boiler and other items that Pat Brentlinger needs assistance with.

The cost for year one is $8,800, before increasing to around $9,100 the second year and around $9,500 in the final year.

Also, MIPS will no longer be servicing the 40 total computers and Wayne County needed a new IT agreement before the end of the year. Deb Finn, County Clerk has been working on this information as the board approved a new agreement with Applied Connective Technologies out of Norfolk.

Dean Burbach in District 2 then passed information along that he’ll be looking into the state-bid system for a John Deere motor grader.

Superintendent Mark Casey closed out the meeting by stating he has completed the bridge inspection list and there was some silt and vegetation built up at the end of box culverts and culverts. He’ll also plan on sending a final approval email off after the wind farm driveways in Sholes received certification which was required by the commissioners. But if something is wrong, it will still fall back on the Sholes Wind Farm.

The next Wayne County Board of Commissioners regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, December 21 at 9 a.m.