By Wes Keller Freelance Reporter, Orangeville Citizen
You can’t blame Melancthon Mayor Bill Hill if you should find him scratching his head in a state of confusion. It seems Premier Dalton McGuinty was unaware of the provisions of the Green Energy Act (GEA), at least momentarily, when he recently passed the buck back to the township on issues such as quarries and wind turbines.
“As the issue of wind turbine development falls under the responsibility of the municipal government, you may wish to continue your concerns to your municipal representative,” the premier wrote in response to a concerned Melancthon citizen.
The mayor, having come through years of a periodic siege from residents, to whom he had been forced to say that the province had stripped away municipal controls via the GEA, was understandably at a loss to explain the premier’s response when confronted with the correspondence.
The citizen’s letter and the premier’s response are on the council agenda for discussion at tonight’s meeting.
Meantime, CAO Denise Holmes said in a phone interview that a call had coe from a provincial representative “apologizing for the error” but that she had asked for the clarification to be in writing and had referred the representative to Mayor Hill.
On Wednesday, Mayor Hill said he did get a call from Jane Glassco at the Ministry of Environment’s Guelph office confirming that the premier’s letter had been in error. But he wants it in writing so it would be available.