WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Commissioners reconvened from their Tuesday, August 1 meeting and split their meeting over the lunch hour to discuss several topics.
Health insurance took up most of the Tuesday morning meeting from the Wayne County Courthouse meeting room. This has been on the table the past several meetings and the board members looked at many different percentages and dollar-based amounts for a change in the county’s insurance plan.
After much deliberating and some input from fellow county officials, it was approved 2-1 that the county will adopt the 5% plan and cash in-lieu for $375. Both plans will start on January 1, 2018.
Going with the percentages, Commissioners may have to visit this again next year if the market rises. But, if the rates rise so will the percentage in insurance.
Also in the morning, Wayne County Sheriff, Jason Dwinell gave an update from a recent security meeting. Dwinell stated that the State Fire Marshall will be in sometime this week to inspect the courthouse, a locksmith is supposed to take a look at the doors and the county is looking into wired cameras.
Moving into the afternoon meeting topic of wind towers, three members with NEXTera Energy attended the meeting of over 20 people. Phillip Clement is the Project Manager with NEXTera Energy Resources who has 110 wind farms across the United States.
NEXTera Energy will be creating a wind farm called “Sholes” from western Wayne County halfway across the county and as of Tuesday have leased 18,000-20,000 acres of land. The company is looking to construct around 60 wind turbines which would create 160 megawatts. Depending on surveying and other tasks the wind farm will be constructed in either the Spring of 2018 or Spring of 2019.
A current wind farm NEXTera Energy is working on is in Webster County. The company is finishing up some of the concrete work as the turbines will be arriving in early September and they hope to have the wind farm up and running by November.
The project is scheduled to last for 20 years and turbines will be placed about a quarter-mile a part on the acres of the landowners who approved them to be.
NEXTera is still working to finalize a map, but when that map is set Wayne County will be able to spread around anywhere from $900,000 to a million dollars from the Sholes Wind Farm.
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners is set for Tuesday, August 15 at 9 a.m.