Heritage withdraws permit request

ESCANABA — After the Delta County Board of Commissioners postponed its decision on a request from Heritage Sustainable Energy to extend conditional use permits by another year during its last meeting, Heritage has withdrawn the request. This was discussed at the board’s statutory meeting Tuesday.

Additional wind turbines are set to be installed on the Garden Peninsula in two stages, starting in 2019 and continuing next year.

At the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ April 2 meeting, Heritage’s initial request was included as an agenda item. The board took no action on this because it had not gotten a recommendation from the Delta County Planning Commission.

On April 3, Heritage sent the county a letter stating that it was no longer asking for any action from the planning commission regarding the initial request.

“Basically, they’re confident that they have commenced development on the wind turbines and, if that’s the case, they don’t need the extension (to) the original request,” Delta County Administrator Philip Strom said.

The board did not take official action on the matter Tuesday. The planning commission is expected to discuss this during its next meeting.

In other business, the board:

– recognized — along with the Delta Conservation District — former State Sen. Tom Casperson for his service and legislative work.