Wind generators at the Ninnescah Energy wind farm will soon start producing electricity. NextEra Energy Resources, that owns the wind farm that has recently been completed, is ready for the final approval step to start producing energy.

County Counselor Bob Schmisseur and County Zoning Administrator Tim Branscom updated the county commissioners on the progress of the wind farm during the regular weekly meeting Nov. 28.

While the wind farm is ready to generate power, there is still work to be done on the roads in the construction area. Schmisseur said NextEra has 180 days after the "post construction inventory" is complete to have the roads in equal or better shape than they were in at the start of construction.

According to the road agreement, NextEra has to do the road work or the county will do the work and send the bill to NextEra.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, continues to look for a replacement for the county pneumatic rubber tire roller, used to pack down new road surfaces of asphalt.

The current unit needs to be replaced because its difficult to find replacement pieces. Freund is researching Berry Tractor and Van Keppel Equipment in Wichita to find a replacement.

Freund said the current unit travels forward and backwards while the newer equipment only travels in one direction. Its difficult to find replacement parts for the old unit. While he likes the unit that can travel in both directions, Freund said he might have to go the newer model because its available.

He did find an old style unit but by the time the shipping costs were paid, he could pay for a newer, closer area model.

Freund will continue his research and report to the commissioners at a future meeting.

New copiers have been delivered to the road office and equipment barn. However, they were delivered without cabinets. The copiers have been wired in and are ready to go but the cabinets will have to be installed later and at the original purchase price.

@GaleR_Tribune