"Wind farm official: County made no offer on abatement" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court honored Suzan Thompson Monday for her 36-year career in the JP Precinct 2 office, beginning as clerk in 1982. As JP, Thompson has been active in judicial training and in several statewide judicial offices. Thompson also has received several honors locally. She is joined by commissioners Gary Graham, Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

  After the second closed-door meeting commissioners court held on the Peyton Creek Wind Farm Monday, they emerged saying nothing and taking no vote – other than voting to adjourn the executive session.
   “They offered us nothing,” said Richard Saunders, senior development manager with E.ON, which proposed the Peyton Creek Wind Farm.
   “There was nothing on the table” from the county, an obviously disappointed Saunders commented to those entering the commissioners courtroom following the hour-long closed meeting.
   There was a large crowd when commissioners court’s regular session convened Monday morning and most of those attending were there for the Peyton Creek Wind Farm issue, even though there was nothing on the agenda that specifically mentioned the wind farm.
   A large contingent of the courtroom audience was from Bay City ISD, including school board members and administrators.
   Another sizable group of those attending were property owners with an interest in the wind farm, which was first proposed to the county in August 2017.
   What happened after Monday’s closed-door meeting was similar to what followed commissioners court executive session Dec. 10, when Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard made a motion to offer Peyton Creek an amended tax abatement offer that died for lack of a second.

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