The Christian County Fiscal Court rescinded the resolution they had previously passed for the proposed Dogwood Corners LLC solar farm at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Many members and landowners of the Dogwood community came to the meeting to share their thoughts and opinions about the project.
John Bruce of Rock Road presented many concerns from the community, such as site issues, wildlife, health issues and maintenance of the solar farm.
“Ordien only develops the project. They do not manage this long-term. Once this project is complete, you are now dealing with someone that you’ve never met because they’re going to sell it off,” said Bruce.
Paulette Raegan stated she and her family found out about the project through social media and has lived in the community for 21 years. She also quoted Seth Wilmore stating that he and his constituents are continuing to have in-person conversations with interested landowners and surrounding landowner would be contacted.
“That is totally dishonest,” she said. “We live right on the corner of Goode and Greenville and have not been contacted. It is a family area out there and our grandchildren are frequently here; we don’t want to look at solar panels.”
Many community members also spoke on the impact the solar project would have on farmers farmland, and crops.
“Your number one industry is agriculture, and Christian County will lose some of its agriculture with the solar panels. We’re the number one dairy county today,” said Wayne Hunt.
Magistrate Jerry Gilliam said that the council did not receive the project resolution until the day before their meeting in June. He claimed that the Ordien company was dishonest when a representative stood before them and claimed that Dogwood Corners LLC had previously communicated with the neighbors.
Therefore, fiscal court unanimously rescinded the resolution for Dogwood Corners LLC that was decided on June 14, and all agreed on the motion to address the solar panels and require consent from the adjoining property owners.