As the husband of Jutta Splettstoesser who has been primed by Leader Wind from a CANWea handbook before speaking publicly at forums such as the Inter-Municipal Wind Meetings and who was recently featured as a full page centerfold in a CANWea ad; as a father, neighbour and member of our rural community, Ralph Splettstoesser perhaps should have considered choosing another way to express his discontent with his neighbors’ opinions.
An estimated 150 signs opposing wind turbine development have been stolen from private property in the Kincardine area. The question of who was removing signs from private property was answered unequivocally on June 22 for one Huron Kinloss resident.
It was a startled neighbour who tried to intervene as she approached a man she knew, removing her neighbors’ STOP sign from the mailbox and depositing it in his truck. When she questioned the man repeatedly, he said he worked for the ‘wind industry’ and that he could ‘do what he wanted’. The man not only dropped his pork producer receipt (with name clearly typed), but his truck (license plate clear) was also photographed at the time of the removal incident.
Police are not pursuing the matter as Splettstoesser has claimed he removed the sign from the road, acting in the best interest of the public, who might have punctured a tire with a nail from the placard.
If you have had signage stolen from private property, you are encouraged to report theft to the police and procure a new placard. A great number of signs have recently been donated to help replace all that has been stolen.