Government , Minerals Council , Legal

Minerals Council discusses next plans concerning Osage Wind construction

When it comes to the future of wind farms in Osage County, the Osage Minerals Council is playing things close to the vest.

At the council’s Jan. 16 meeting, its first public session since the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear oral arguments in Osage Wind LLC vs. Osage Minerals Council, Chairman Everett Waller declined to give specifics about the council’s next move on the advice of legal counsel but expressed his gratitude for the court’s ruling.

The Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari has opened the door for the Minerals Council to potentially pursue damages related to the construction of Osage Wind.

“What we have here is a unique position … for the Osage Minerals Council,” Waller said. “We have won a great battle with the Supreme Court. My council has delivered a victory to our people. We are in a war, so we have days to go. The chief and I have talked … we hear our constituency.

“We have been advised by our attorneys that we need to have our enemy come to us now. They’re going to have to come meet us and find out who we really are.”

In other business, the council approved by a 7-0 count a sandy soil permit waiver for Builders Unlimited to facilitate construction of the new Grayhorse Community Building near Fairfax.

Demolition of the current Grayhorse Community Building is tentatively slated to start in June immediately after In-Lon-Schka in order to have a new building online and operational in time for the June 2020 dances. Almost $3 million has been appropriated for the project, which will include new sidewalks and improved drainage set-up to address the puddles that often form around the benches on the property’s west side.

Councilwoman Margo Gray was absent.

The council also voted to approve its 2019 meeting calendar. Except for the month of July, the Osage Minerals Council’s regular meetings will continue to be on the first Friday and third Wednesday of each month.

Citing the typical lack of pressing business immediately after In-Lon-Schka, the council voted to forego its Friday meeting for July – which would have been July 5 – and only meet once that month barring any extenuating circumstances.