September 30, 2014

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Wadsworth Township planning for strip clubs, windmills

WADSWORTH TWP. — What do windmills and strip clubs have in common?

Neither are to be found in Wadsworth Township.

But that’s not stopping the township’s Zoning Commission from planning ahead.

“If there’s no zoning, there’s nothing stopping people from building these things right next door,” commission Chairman Christopher Hills said at a public hearing Monday.

Hills said he isn’t aware of any proposals to build energy-producing windmills or sexually oriented businesses in the township.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be. That’s why the commission approved zoning rules that would limit where they could be built.

“They’re a legal business, so we have no legal right not to let them open one here,” Hills said. “We thought that location would be best way to keep families and children from exposure.”

The proposed changes would allow sexually oriented businesses, such as a strip club or an adult bookstore, at the state Route 57 and Interstate 76 interchange.

Protecting people was the main thought behind the windmill zoning.

In case of a natural disaster like a tornado, the commission thought it was appropriate to limit the size of any proposed windmill to 150 feet. Members said windmills in places like Toledo can be as tall as 400 feet.

“We know it’s really unlikely that one would ever fall down and crush a house or a person, but we just wanted to be on the safe side,” Hills said.

He added that their research showed building a windmill for energy use in the area probably wouldn’t be very cost-effective, so it’s unlikely someone would want to build one anyway.

The changes recommended by the commission must be approved by the township trustees.

The commission will meet again April 8.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.