Palmer noted if council refused to enter into the agreement, they would most certainly be sued by NextEra. “A suit that will not only cost our taxpayers a sizeable tax increase, but in all likelihood we would lose,” he said. “Therefore, I will vote to support this motion under protest. When I vote on it officially and finally I wish to have ‘under protest’ recorded.”
By Mac Christie, Times-Advocate Staff
VARNA — Bluewater council has finalized a road user agreement with NextEra Energy, clearing the way for the start of construction on the Bluewater Wind Energy Centre. The road user agreement, between Bluewater and Varna Wind Inc., is meant to protect the municipality from any damage to their roads and infrastructure brought about by the construction of the wind turbines.
The agreement stipulates that Varna Wind Inc. post security in the amount of $1,250,000, made up of a $250,00 letter of credit and $1 million in the from of a bond. As well, the agreement includes $50,000 to cover legal costs incurred by Bluewater associated with this agreement and a further $50,000 to cover administrative and engineering fees the municipality incurs as a result of this agreement. It also includes the previously passed decommissioning agreement and agreed insurance requirements.
Council agreed to pass the agreement Nov. 25 in a 5-2 vote with Hay West Coun. John Gillespie and Stanley West Coun. George Irvin opposed. Bluewater chief administrative officer Steve McAuley told council the agreement will protect the municipality both during construction and afterwards. Read article