Scott Tracey Guelph Mercury
WELLINGTON COUNTY — One week after a county committee refused to support a request for a provincial moratorium on wind farms, county council has decided to do so.
Guelph-Eramosa Township Mayor Chris White, who chairs the administration, finance and personnel committee, said since his committee met a week ago there has been a suggestion “some people might want to revisit this.”
On Feb. 17, the committee voted simply to receive a letter from Peterborough expressing support for a moratorium and urging other municipalities to do the same. The initiative began with Mapleton Township council, which passed a resolution in December asking the province to put the brakes on new wind-energy projects until an independent third party could study the health impacts of the developments.
Mapleton Mayor John Green, who sits on the administration, finance and personnel committee, said during the committee meeting he would “report back to my council there’s no support from the county.”
More than 100 other municipalities have already supported Mapleton’s resolution.
“Whatever happened at AF and P (administration, finance and personnel) didn’t happen, and I think they’re trying to correct that,” Green said during Thursday’s county council meeting.
Coun. Lynda White said Wellington County should get behind the effort of one of its own local councils.
“There needs to be more study on health impacts, setbacks and so on,” White said.
The Mapleton request for a moratorium was based on significant outcry from the public over two proposed wind farms in the Drayton area that would see a total of 90 massive turbines.
But that’s not the only potential wind farm on the horizon for Wellington County.
Two public meetings will be held in early March to rally opposition to a proposal that would see 25 to 35 turbines installed in Belwood.
There is a meeting at the Belwood Hall on March 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. and the next night, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Marsville Community Hall.