Huron East now an unwilling host for industrial wind turbines

1297401777883_ORIGINALBy Susan Hundertmark, Seaforth Huron Expositor
uron East is now an unwilling host for industrial wind turbines (IWTs) and their infrastructure after a unanimous decision by Huron East councillors at their April 2 meeting. However, the close to 60 St. Columban community members who packed the council chambers left angry and disappointed that councillors did not reopen discussion on a second motion that would have created an agreement with St. Columban Energy LP protecting the property values and health concerns of neighbours of the proposed 15-turbine project as well as requiring sound studies before, during and after the completion of the project.

“I am totally disappointed with council,” said HEAT (Huron East Against Turbines) member Gerry Ryan after thanking councillors for passing the motion declaring Huron East an unwilling host for IWTs. “All we’re asking for is for you to protect the people. I thought you would represent us tonight.”

After council held an hour-long closed session to discuss advice from two lawyers, Mayor Bernie MacLellan told the close to 60-person crowd that council would need a two-thirds’ majority to reopen discussion on the proposed agreement with the wind developers, which would ultimately need to be ratified by a bylaw, since Huron East had already explored and turned down the possibility of passing a bylaw to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its citizens living near industrial wind turbines on Feb. 21, 2012. Read article

8 thoughts on “Huron East now an unwilling host for industrial wind turbines

  1. . I thought you would represent us tonight.”
    They ultimately represent a little of your true representation and follow the other goal,money!

  2. Considering the importance!!!!!!!!!
    – to the community as a whole;
    one has to ask –
    ‘why’ did council go into a ‘closed session’?

    ‘[excerpt] After council held an hour-long closed session to discuss advice from two lawyers, Mayor Bernie MacLellan told the close to 60-person crowd that council would need a two-thirds’ majority to reopen discussion on the proposed agreement with the wind developers, which would ultimately need to be ratified by a bylaw, since Huron East had already explored and turned down the possibility of passing a bylaw to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its citizens living near industrial wind turbines on Feb. 21, 2012.

    “Because of the motion this council passed in February of 2012, which tried to address these issues by bylaw, we are told with legal opinion, that we can’t enter into a legal agreement because any agreement has to be ratified by bylaw,” explained MacLellan.

    “The municipality was provided with advice that such bylaws are outside our legal jurisdiction. We don’t have the right to fight something that isn’t our battle to begin with,” he said.’

    Conclusion:
    ……exploration – and ‘closed sessions’ – has its perks!
    Huron East council – sucks!

    It’s so obvious!

      • Imagine –
        ………..two lawyers – behind ‘closed doors’;
        and, who’s winning?

  3. This looks interesting.
    ‘[excerpt] Bullet News GODERICH – The mayor of Huron East faces two counts of assault with a weapon after an alleged incident that took place before Christmas.

    Bernie MacLellan, 50, was scheduled for his first appearance in Ontario Provincial Court – Goderich today on charges after being accused of assaulting two people with a mallet Dec. 21, 2012 at a business in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Twp.’
    http://huron.bulletnewscanada.ca/2013/02/11/huron-east-mayor-faces-assault-charges/

    • MacLellan tops 100k in salary/expenses
      ‘[excerpt] Bernie MacLellan earned $68,827 in salary as Huron County Warden in 2012 but with reimbursed expenses the Huron East Mayor topped the $100,000 mark.

      MacLellan claimed $9,579 in mileage for council, committees and other meetings, as well as $22,719 for conferences and conventions.’

      ‘[excerpt] MacLellan said from his discussions with the public, county council compensation is not an issue with ratepayers.’
      http://www.goderichsignalstar.com/2013/03/15/maclellan-tops-100k-in-salaryexpenses

      Double take!
      And – according to MacLellan – the ratepayers don’t care?

    • MacLellan – one fan
      (above article on the topic – in the comment section)

      Big Day!
      March 11-2013
      ‘[excerpt] According to Huron OPP, MacLellan allegedly held a rubber mallet in a threatening manner towards two people during an argument last Dec. 21. The incident took place at a Market Road address in the township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh.

      The argument was over private property, police said.

      MacLellan’s matter was put over to be spoken to at his next court date at Ontario Court of Justice, March 11.
      http://www.goderichsignalstar.com/2013/02/13/warden-wont-comment-on-maclellans-charges

      Should he step down – until the matter is settled?
      Surely to goodness – this must be very stressful.
      Or stay,
      and make important decisions – concerning the community?

      • Does anyone have an update – on this situation?
        The date has come and gone.
        Thanks!

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