Webster County sups approve MidAmerican wind farm agreements

Webster County is one step closer to seeing the construction of a new wind farm project begin, following action by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The board approved a road use and repair agreement, public drainage system protection agreement, decommissioning plan and safety plan with MidAmerican Energy for the development, construction and maintenance of the Lundgren Wind Energy Project south of Fort Dodge.

Construction on the project, which will include 109 wind turbines, is expected to begin in early fall.

“The commissioning process is complete and we are ready to issue permits,” said Bob Singer, board chairman.

In other business, the board approved a resolution establishing a 35 mph speed limit on Harvest Avenue south of Iowa Highway 7 near the ag-industrial park, Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation, and a resolution establishing no parking along Harvest Avenue, also south of Highway 7.

“This is due in part to the ongoing construction at CJ America and Cargill,” said Randy Will, Webster County engineer. “We have had some problems with parking along the side of the road.”

The board also approved the wage increases of correctional officers David Kraft to $15.34 per hour, Renee Ryan to $16.22 per hour and Melissa Nelson to $15.93 per hour and case managers Trin Lewis to $21.46 per hour and Meghan Lamoureux to $24.72 per hour.