Commissioners Approve County Roads Agreement With NextEra, Rattle Snake Wind Farm Components To Come Through Wayne This Summer

Commissioners Approve County Roads Agreement With NextEra, Rattle Snake Wind Farm Components To Come Through Wayne This Summer
Commissioners reviewing initial site map from NextEra Energy, Inc.

WAYNE – Wind farms were the talk of the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

From the Courthouse meeting room representatives with NextEra Energy, Inc. were present along with David Levy, Baird Holm LLP to finalize the fifth version of the County Roads Agreement. After the agreement was approved, next up will be creating a decommission plan along with an impact analysis and a letter of credit.

The Sholes Wind Farm will have 67 – 71 towers (some alternative sites) all in the northwestern part of Wayne County. Commissioners were able to view the initial map of the tower sites and made some quick changes with a 16-ton bridge being on the route along with two roads missing.

NextEra will start with the initial phase in July, followed by construction of the bases in August and September along with towers coming in around October. Tower pieces will be stored in a lay-down yard.

It was stated in the meeting, that there should be no costs to the county and NextEra would follow what will be provided in the agreement as for fees on their end.

Highway Superintendent, Mark Casey let the board know that components from the Rattle Snake Wind farm will be coming through Wayne County starting May 28. Totran Transportation Services, Ltd. In Canada will be hauling 101 wind turbine nacelles.

This would be a super load, rated at 455,000 pounds without a push tractor as the nacelle by itself will weigh over 240,000 pounds. The mover, dual lane trailer and push tractor would be 185’ long, 16’ wide and 18’ tall (nacelle). The larger pieces will come on highway 15 and turn east onto 21st Street, south on Centennial Road and east onto 7th Street.

The company has been in contact with the city for other components to go through Wayne on highway 15 and then east on 7th Street.

Casey will get back to the company about rocking part of the gravel and put the road back together if there are any damages.

City Administrator, Wes Blecke was also in attendance to let the Commissioners know they are in the Transfer Station Operation Agreement. Ditch side garbage and trash from the county fair are already in the agreement. The City of Wayne and Gill Hauling are negotiating a contract for leasing out the Transfer Station.

City Council will be meeting Tuesday evening to work something out where there could still be no charge for recycling items. There may be charges, though, to the company from Le Mars, Iowa for recycling material.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 15 at 9 a.m.

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