Judge bars board members from voting on Neb. wind farm

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019

A judge has temporarily barred two county commissioners in Nebraska from voting on a permit for a 19-turbine wind farm west of Kilgore.

A landowner and the group Preserve the Sandhills have filed a lawsuit, contending that Cherry County Commissioners Tanya Storer and Martin DeNaeyer have conflicts of interest because they have family members who would financially benefit from the wind farm.

On Monday, the judge barred the two from “hearing, discussing, considering, influencing or voting” on the project. That forced cancellation of a meeting and hearing on the project yesterday because the three-member board now lacks a quorum.

More legal steps are expected before the issue is resolved.