County vote on power-line deal deferred

wind transmission linesOrangeville Citizen, Wes Kellar
A decision by Dufferin County Council on whether or not to accept $1.4-million payment for a power line easement on the county-owned former CPR rail corridor was deferred following a revelation that commencement of an expropriation proceeding had been postponed,

As well, there was an impassioned plea by Melancthon resident Scott Funston and a presentation CORE (Conserve Our Rural Environment) chair Jane Pepino, both of whom urged the council not to sign off on the easement agreement.

The council had learned at 4 p.m. last Thursday that the expropriation proceeding had been postponed to March 10 from Feb. 18. It had previously prepared a bylaw for finalization of an easement agreement. Now it has until Feb. 28 to file disclosures. It will hold a special meeting prior to March 10 to deal finally with the issues.

As if further to complicate matters, the council Thursday heard opposing legal opinions about its bargaining position from two lawyers who would probably both qualify as experts on the issues facing the council. Read article

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