By Stephen Vance, Meaford Independent
After months of hearing residents ask that Meaford’s council take a public stand with regard to the potential for industrial wind turbine developments within the municipality, council last night delivered what many had been asking for.
A resolution put forward by Deputy Mayor Harley Greenfield sent a clear signal to residents and wind farm developers alike – wind turbines are not welcome in the Municipality of Meaford.
But before the resolution was voted upon by members of council, a lively debate took place which pitted two councillors who were opposed to the resolution against four who were in favour. Councillor James McIntosh declared a conflict of interest and did not participate in the debate or the vote.
“Whereas the Municipality of Meaford is currently faced with an Industrial Wind Turbine Farm application in and around what is known as Silcote corners; and Whereas a substantial number of our residents, from all corners of our community, have voiced opposition to the acceptance of this project, and, whereas troublesome negative effects, such as adverse health effects, decrease in property values, destruction of the natural view-scape, and overall deterioration in individual quality of life are feared by near and far neighbours of this proposed site; and Whereas the Council of the Municipality of Meaford frustratingly acknowledges that any decision they make cannot overrule the powers given by the province in the Green Energy Act,” began Greenfield’s resolution. Read article