Mac Christie, Times-Advocate
VARNA — Bluewater council has voted to officially join a municipal coalition focused on crafting a noise bylaw, ostensibly to protect the municipality’s residents from wind turbines. After a long debate at its regular meeting Feb. 3, council decided to formally participate in the Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group by officially naming Stanley East Coun. Dave Roy as Bluewater’s representative on the group and Hay West Coun. John Gillespie as his alternate.
The issue arose at council because Bluewater had attended two meetings as observers and were asked to join the group. As a result, Gillespie presented a report including recommendations to council. He told council the group is meant to mitigate the negative impacts, namely noise, wind turbines will have on the community.
“There are a group of municipalities . . . that are moving towards trying to determine if there can be a noise bylaw that would stand the test of a legal challenge and be effective in mitigating against, at least the noise concerns raised by this industry,” Gillespie said of the group. Read article