FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) - As Tippecanoe County residents raise concerns about bringingwind farms to their area, News Channel 18 turned to those who havehad wind turbines in their backyards for months.
Overall, complaints were minimal, and many residents in Bentonand White Counties seem to like the presence of wind farms.
But not everyone loves seeing these wind turbines every day.Elmira Deckard, of White County, said she misses the feel of livingin the country.
"I can't say they bother me," she said. "I just don't care forthe, what would I say, the look on the horizon."
But Deckard said she thinks she's in the minority when it comesto wind farms.
"I think most people are really impressed with them and reallylike them," she said. "I would just as soon not be sitting in myliving room, looking out my only living room window, and that's theonly thing I see right now."
Just down the street, Elmira's sister-in-law Charlene Deckardtakes a different view.
"I think they're attractive," she said. "Some people thinkthey're ugly."
She only has one slight complaint.
"Just early morning, as the sun rises, you'll have bladeshadow," Charlene Deckard said. "And I have it on a couple of wallsinside the house. It's annoying but it doesn't last that manyminutes."
Despite their proximity to several wind turbines, neither womanhas one on her property. But they still get some compensation forsigning a good neighbor policy.
"It's not as much as having a turbine, but it'll pay yourtaxes," Charlene Deckard said. "It'll pay your property taxes. Wellfor the house, not for the farm."
Over in Benton County, the situation is a little different. Onlypeople with a turbine on their land get any money. And for DonClute, the pay isn't bad.
"On these, we're guaranteed $5,000 a year," he said. "Then ifthey generate over $5000 we get that too."
And when it comes to noise, nobody seems to take issue.
"I don't hear them at all," said Charlene Deckard.
"In the house I hear nothing," Elmira Deckard said.
And from Don Clute: "If a train goes by a mile away it makesmore noise than I've ever heard from a wind tower."
Clute said one of his turbines doesn't run during the daybecause it's so close to the Prairie Crossing ElementarySchool.
But Benton Central High School principal Destin Haas said he hasnot received a single parent complaint. He said his biggest concernwas traffic safety when the nearby turbines were being built.
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