ROBERTS — Bea and Jeff Davis have resigned from the Roberts Gym Committee, citing the village’s position on wind farms.
The village board learned of the resignations during its meeting on Monday, April 1.
Village Board President Rick Flessner said Jacob Veatch was appointed to replace Jeff Davis, who resigned March 4. No one had been appointed yet to fill the seat held by Bea Davis, who resigned April 1, Flessner said.
The committee’s eight members are now Ron Scharz (chairman), Beverly Rueck (secretary), Marge Rock (treasurer), Jacob Veatch, David Kaeding, Wanda Tornowski, Christy Wallace and Wade Rueck.
Last December, the village had filed a formal protest of proposed changes to Ford County’s ordinance regulating wind farms.
The village specifically opposed the county zoning board’s recommendation for increasing the setback between wind turbines and primary structures to 1,800 feet. The village instead requested the county adopt a setback of at least 3,250 feet — and not from primary structures but from property lines.
The village also opposed the zoning board’s recommendation to allow turbines as tall as 600 feet, requesting instead that the county keep the turbine height limit unchanged at 500 feet.
At least one wind-farm developer is eyeing the Roberts area for a wind farm. Pattern Development has been signing up landowners for its proposed Heritage Prairie Wind Farm in the Roberts and Piper City area.
Also at the board meeting:
➜ The board unanimously approved the village’s annual appropriation ordinance. The village’s appropriations have risen an average of 3.4 percent over the last 20 years.
➜ It was announced that the village’s Cleanup Day will be Saturday, June 1.
➜ It was announced that a car show sponsored by Living Word Church in Roberts and a pavilion dance/show will be held Saturday, July 20. The band Statesboro will be performing.
➜ Water department employee Paul Theesfield’s report said 680,100 gallons of water were pumped in the village in March, up from 583,100 in February.
➜ Flessner said he would contact the village’s engineer to arrange for an inspection of the water tower.
➜ Some water meters are in need of repair, the board learned.
➜ The village clock’s south face is not keeping time correctly, the board learned.
➜ Ordinance enforcement officer Janet Walker said three citations totaling $300 were written to residents in March. Also, Walker said she plans to issue a fine to the person who drug mud onto a road in two locations.
➜ Flessner said he spoke with Randy Berger about repairs that need to be made to the stage floor at the now-closed Roberts Public Library at 108 E. Green St. The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered library will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, May 18, when an open house and liquidation day will be held there.