- At a meeting early this year of the Melancthon Council (noted below in this article) the Mayor claimed the municipal office had received only one letter of complaint from any family regarding the Canadian Hydro turbines (now TransAlta). Spectators at the meeting immediately balked and called him on it.
- At that particular meeting the council had just received a letter from the Davoodian family asking for council to do something. They had already had one family member move out and the rest of the family was in the position of having to follow due to the adverse health impacts from the turbines.
- The mayor was reminded about Helen Fraser and the other 3 known Melancthon families that had been bought out and of Roger Oliveira who had also been public and had written letters to council. It appeared the mayor had significant memory loss, (maybe he lives under a turbine)
- A victim who has been forced from their home and has asked the council to help, received a letter from the mayor just recently where he told them that at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting the Ontario government was going full steam ahead with wind turbines and there was simply nothing that he could do about it. And obviously he has no intention or desire to fight on behalf of the constituents being harmed.
- Of interest, ex Environment Minister John Gerretsen was AMO lead prior to his appointment of Minister of Environment. He was Minister of Environment when the Green Energy Act was forced onto Ontarians.
Closed-door report pending in Melancthon
By Chris Halliday Orangeville Banner
An investigation into whether Melancthon council violated the Municipal Act by entering closed session on two separate occasions last summer will be discussed on Sept. 8.
The township was recently the subject of an investigation by Local Authority Services (LAS), which probed whether council was within its right to discuss issues behind closed doors during two meetings held in July of 2010. Although CAO Denise Holmes confirmed LAS had completed its investigation on Aug. 22, she declined to comment on the report because it has yet to be presented to council.
“Not until the report has been published on the agenda,” Holmes reiterated. “The report will be on the next agenda for Sept. 8.”
The CAO, however, was able to note the municipality received two separate investigation requests from one individual, which allege council contravened the Municipal Act last year on July 13 and 22.
At that July 13 special meeting, council went in camera to discuss subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose. Arising from closed session 25 minutes later, council agreed to enter into an agreement with International Power Canada (IPC), which is constructing seven 1.5 MW turbines in the township, as well as 11 more in neighbouring Grey Highlands, known as the Plateau Wind Project.
Council’s deal covered a list of issues, some of which included road access, hauling routes, turbine maintenance requirements and decommissioning. As part of the agreement, developers of the project were expected to give the municipality $28,000 annually for the next 20 years.
A little more than a week later, council went into closed session on July 22 to discuss “personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board members.” Discussing the matter for four minutes, council rose “from closed session with no report,” according to minutes recorded at that meeting.
At this point, what the LAS investigation has concluded, or recommended, is not yet known; it was tasked to determine whether council’s decision to enter closed session was acceptable or not. According to Holmes though, the township is cautious whenever it chooses to discuss issues behind closed doors.
“We try to do everything in open and have everything out to the public,” she said. “If there are certain circumstances where we do have to go into closed session, then we do.”
But some may ask why it was LAS, and not the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario, conducting the Melancthon investigation?
The provincial watchdog is the investigator for complaints in many municipalities, except for those who have decided to appoint their own. For its cases, Melancthon chose to hire LAS, which is a service provided by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
“We just figured it would be an easier way,” Holmes said, noting several other municipalities in Dufferin County have chosen that route. “Everything would be lined up, in the event that we did get an investigation request.”