by Jennifer Vo, Regional News This Week
A lot of criticism was aimed at Haldimand County councillors and the mayor last Tuesday from Dunnville residents attending the Haldimand Year in Review open house. “Why do you think you’re going to lose? You guys aren’t willing to fight for anything,” said one resident. The Dunnville resident was responding to Mayor Ken Hewitt’s comments about the industrial wind turbines being a losing battle for Haldimand County.
“How much are you willing to spend legally to take down these four companies?” retorted Hewitt.
He said the four energy companies involved in the Community Vibrancy Fund agreemnet are making agreements with the farmers to erect wind turbines and are following provincial guidelines. He said there’s very little the county can do about it.
Energy came up as a topic several times at the open house and Hewitt acknowleged that the Green Energy projects are turning the county upside down. He said that if the county had any control over this, it would look much different.
Hewitt also made sure to clarify the original purpose of the Community Vibrancy Fund to the residents at the meeting, “The vibrancy fund is not an endorsement, We don’t have the abilty to stop these projects from going” he said. “The misunderstanding is that we gave something up to get it. We didn’t give anything up.”