He voted for the moratorium because Opposition Leader Tim Hudak indicated if he was elected, Municipalities without a moratorium or resolution opposing wind turbines, will be left powerless over future development.
Meaford Council has put a moratorium on wind turbine development in their municipality. They voted 5 to 1 Monday night to accept the moratorium motion put forward by Deputy Elect Harley Greenfield. It’s close to a similar motion that failed by a vote of 4 to 3 just a few months ago.
Councillor Greenfield says there’s just too many unanswered questions. Among those issue mentions health issues and compensation.
Greenfield says it should be an interesting meeting November 17th when International Power Canada holds a public meeting. The company is hoping to put 29 wind turbines up in the area between Annan and Balaclava. Known as the “Silcote Corners Wind project”, it is worth 130 to 140 million dollars.
Outgoing Councillor Jim McPherson says wind turbine development in Meaford is dead. He voted for the moratorium because Opposition Leader Tim Hudak indicated if he was elected, Municipalities without a moratorium or resolution opposing wind turbines, will be left powerless over future development.
So McPherson says he wanted to make sure one of the last things he does on council is to ensure Meaford isn’t one of them.
He predicts Hudak will be elected over Dalton McGuinty and he wants to hold him to that statement.
Outgoing Councillor Lynda Stephens wants to make it clear she’s not against wind turbines, but just against wind farms.
She doesn’t like the fact energy produced from turbines is shipped off to other areas and not the regions they occupy.