May 15, 2020 1:31 PM

Baldetti: No active cases as of Friday morning, ready to move forward

Posted May 15, 2020 1:31 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — As of Friday morning, Reno County has no active cases of COVID-19.

"We've held steady all this week at 41 total cases," said Nick Baldetti with the Health Department. "We now have 41 recovered, so we have zero active cases as of this morning for Reno County, which is fantastic."

Baldetti said at this point the goal to get ready for COVID-19 illness has been achieved.

"The policy of allowing us to prepare did what it was supposed to do," Baldetti said. "Our health care system is eminently prepared for whatever happens, in addition to the public health infrastructure. We did what we were supposed to do and we're ready."

Governor Kelly's decision Thursday in her slower opening of the state was surprising to Baldetti.

"For myself and for Reno County, we're ready to advance," Baldetti said. "We are very well poised and positioned in this community. The closures, the stay at home order was exactly that strategic retreat to regroup and plan and move forward."

With that said, people are still going to get sick from COVID-19 and if there is a large amount of communal spread, then that data will be dealt with at that time and current social distancing and protective measures need to be taken even during the phased reopening.

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Planning Commission to discuss wind farm regulations

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The matter of wind farms in Reno County will come off the back burner and into the hands of the Reno County Planning Commission during a meeting set for next week.

After canceling meetings for the past two months because of the pandemic, the Planning Commission will meet in person. The commission is expected to consider an order for amending commercial wind energy and energy conversion system regulations. There will be no public comment on the matter during the meeting.

The county has been in the middle of a struggle regarding the NextEra wind farm proposal that has been on hold ever since the County Commission failed to get a unanimous vote to allow a conditional use permit for the proposed complex in the southern part of the county.

NextEra’s challenge to the petitions opposing the project is still making its way through the court system.

Next Thursday’s meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Reno County Public Works facility at 600 Scott Blvd. in South Hutchinson.