Rail agreement is now in Dufferin Wind’s hands

transmission lineBy Todd McEwen, Orangeville Banner
Dufferin County council is ready for the next stage of the Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) saga. A special meeting was held on Thursday (March 6) after council agreed to hold off on signing the $1.4 million agreement that would permit the wind farm developer an easement to run a 230-kV transmission line along about 32 kilometres of the rail corridor.

In a recorded 14-13 vote, council approved sending a revised agreement back into DWP’s hands. Orangeville Mayor Rob Adams, Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock and East Garafraxa Mayor Allen Taylor all voted in favour. The remainder of council and Warden Bill Hill all voted against the agreement, instead, wanting to face the looming expropriation.

“We’re sending back their agreement with some changes, if they agree to the changes I guess we just agreed to sign it,” Melancthon Deputy Mayor Darren White said. “If Dufferin Wind agrees to the changes … they have the authority to sign the agreement. I hope Dufferin Wind doesn’t agree to it.” Read article

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