This had been brought to their attention in 2005 throughout 2006 that wind turbine setbacks were insufficient and there was a concern of reduced property values. This information fell on deaf ears and the turbine projects proceeded onward.
Mr. Edworthy of Transalta had a concern with the moratorium Melancthon council had issued to the Provincial government regarding turbine development. Mayor Fawcett commented people are worried about health concerns. Deputy Mayor Hill explained he was concerned with the possible reduction of property assessments around the turbines sub station. His concern was taxpayers may apply to get their tax assessment reduced and then the tax base for Melancthon would be reduced.
Well these are the same people who had control over the turbine development in Melancthon. Phase one was under the reign of then Mayor Gary Mathews and council members Fawcett, Hill, Kumphrey and Crowe. Phase two was under the reign of Mayor Fawcett and council members Hill, Crowe and Kumphrey.
This had been brought to their attention in 2005 throughout 2006 that wind turbine setbacks were insufficient and there was a concern of reduced property values. This information fell on deaf ears and the turbine projects proceeded onward. The Turbine development was in the councils control at that time. They could have done more studies regarding health concerns, noise levels and the overall impact that turbines would have on the affected area. But they chose not to. Now that the Provincial government is in control and one person has been successful in getting their tax assessment reduced these same members are now concerned with health and tax reductions? Issuing a moratorium now is too late. These council members set precedence for turbine development in Ontario. Now that turbine development is out of their control they have concerns. At least now they feel how residents felt when we had no control.
These same council members will soon be faced with a Quarry application.
Bart and Nancy Malloy, Melancthon Residents