The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create some limits on wind farms that want to set up operation in the county.
However, the “whoosh” sound many heard was not the wind, but Windsor Hills District Supervisor Ed Elswick, who stormed out of the meeting midway through discussion.
Katelyn Polantz of The Roanoke Times reports: “He had requested multiple times to make the policy guidelines stricter for wind developers and was shot down repeatedly by fellow board members.”
You can read Katelyn’s entire story here.
Set aside, for a moment, your views on whether wind farms are both a green and patriotic way to produce energy — or are an industrial blight on a rural landscape.
When is it OK for an elected official to storm out of a meeting?
Elswick’s not alone, of course. Roanoke Mayor David Bowers has made the news in the past for storming out of meetings when things weren’t going his way.
The behavior is, at least, bipartisan. Elswick is a former Republican who is now an independent; Bowers is a Democrat.
As voters, what do y’all think of this?