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County talks budget, radio upgrade, wind farms

By on November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

With a unanimous vote from the Monroe County Commissioners on Monday, Kelton Davis (standing at right) was approved to take over the office of Monroe-Randolph Regional Superintendent of Schools starting Dec. 1. Dr. Marc Kiehna (standing at left) will be stepping down to assume the office of Randolph County Commissioner. (Kermit Constantine photo)

The Monroe County Board filled its Monday meeting with talks of the 2013 fiscal year budget, as commissioners and county department heads went through each of the budget items line-by-line in hopes of hashing it out before its required approval by Dec. 1.

During regular session, the board discussed a loan to the City of Columbia for its interoperable radio system amounting to $65,000 as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s public safety radio upgrade that must be completed by Dec. 31. The matter is expected to be voted on during a future meeting.

The Republic-Times reported earlier of the shift to a new radio system aimed at improving communications between emergency responders throughout the state and beyond. A failure to make the move to narrowband channels would result in a loss of communications capabilities, as FCC interference rules will no longer protect wideband systems.

The board also passed the wind farm ordinance, with little changes to the document presented by county zoning department head Mike Fausz to the Monroe County Plan Commission in October. Minor verbiage changes were made in order to keep the ordinance more consistent and clear.

A change to the ordinance’s regulation on decommissioning prospective wind energy conservation systems, or wind farms, has been changed from one time in the wind farm’s life span to once every five years, as wind farms can stand as long as 25 years, according to Fausz.

The wind farm will be checked for its effectiveness during the decommissioning process and, as a result, become a part of the farm’s escrow account.

In an earlier article on wind farms, Fausz told the Republic- Times of their potential financial benefit to the county in a time when taxing bodies are struggling to meet commitments.

“It could very easily bring in jobs for the construction of the (turbines),” Fausz said, adding the ordinance also shows Monroe County as a leader in promoting alternative energy sources.

To view a copy of the wind ordinance, click below:

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