Commissioner Hear Information On Aviation Light Management For Wind Turbines

WAYNE – A Wayne County resident presented to the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning about two different types of Aviation Light Management with the wind turbines being discussed.

The Wayne County Board of Equalization began the morning from the Courthouse meeting room with two tax list corrections. TWJ Feeds Inc. (selling) and Jensen’s AK Café (closing) had their taxes accelerated.

From the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting, Steve Siemers explained the difference between Active Aviation Light Management and Passive Aviation Light Management. The flashing red lights on the wind turbines are called Aviation Lights.

The term ‘active’ means the lights turn on and flash when a flying object is detected in the area. According to Vestas InteliLight each radar has an instrumented range of 18 kilometers.

As for ‘passive’, the lights will turn on and start flashing at dusk and don’t’ turn off until dawn.

Commissioners will look to pursue the information and are working on finishing an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources. The Board is still waiting on getting an official map, rather than a rough-draft that shows which roads the company will be using once the turbines come to Wayne County.

One of the updates from Wayne County Emergency Management, Nic Kemnitz was brought up during his FEMA meetings. New standards are needed to be met for photo’s of damaged bridges and other items that need to have a GPS location and time stamped.

Kemnitz has in his budget money to purchase two GPS enabled iPads for $531 each. He’ll also put the iPad/iPhone app to stamp photos for a one-time fee of $5.99 called theodolite. He has been using the app for search and rescue since 2011.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m.