Read minutes of meeting at: http://www.dufferincounty.ca/files/uploads/2014-03-06_County_Council_minutes.pdf
Results of recorded vote
(yea means agreed to sign, nay means disagreed to sign)
Councillor Adams – 6 votes – yea
Councillor Bennington – 1 vote – nay
Councillor Campbell Moon – 1 vote – nay
*Councillor Crewson – absent (he would have had 2 votes)
Warden Hill – 1 vote – nay
Councillor Kolodziechuk – 1 vote – nay
Councillor MacIver – 1 vote – nay
Councillor Maycock – 6 votes – yea
Councillor McGhee – 2 votes- nay
Councillor Mills – 1 vote – nay
Councillor Oosterhof – 2 votes – nay
Councillor Ryan – 2 votes – nay
Councillor Taylor – 2 votes – Yea
Councillor White – 1 vote – nay
* Councillor Crewson may not vote because he has a conflict of interest.
The 3 Councillors whose townships are least affected, are the ones that have the most votes. (an explanation of why voting allocations are the way they are)
If you wish to “thank” them for giving into the bully, you may reach them by email:
Councillor Adams (Mayor of Orangeville) email@example.com
Councillor Maycock (Deputy Mayor of Orangeville) firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Taylor (Mayor of East Garafraxa) email@example.com
Read signed agreement: http://www.dufferincounty.ca/files/releases/2014-03-07_Agreement_with_Dufferin_Wind_Power__release.pdf
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives have opposed the province’s Green Energy Act since its introduction in 2009, due to its high subsidies for wind and solar power at an unsustainable rate, considering it is also unreliable power.
The Green Energy Act stripped locally based decision-making by municipalities that oppose wind and solar developments. It did not create the 50,000 jobs as promised by the Liberal government.
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.
Quote of the week, March 6, 2014
Dufferin Wind Power’s way of negotiating is “negotiation by extortion.”
Darren White, Deputy Mayor, Melancthon
This is in reference to the proposal that DWP submitted to Dufferin County Council, in regards to using the rail corridor in Dufferin County for their 230kv transmission line.
…DWP behaves like school yard bullies
The West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group used a range finder to determine the distances of the five turbines from the property lines after a property owner raised concerns that one of the five turbines appeared closer than 95 metres from her property line. The Ministry of Environment has confirmed the group’s allegations that four of the five turbines infract the property line setback regulation stipulated in the Green Energy Act. Under the legislation, turbines must be the height of the tower, from base to hub from the property line — which in the case of the HAF project is 95 metres.
Dufferin county council will vote on signing an agreement with Dufferin Wind Power regarding the easement for the rail line to use for the 230kv power line.
Please try to attend.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dufferin County Courthouse, 51 Zina Avenue, Orangeville
Please note: Dufferin Wind Power has changed their proposal
Meeting agenda: http://www.dufferincounty.ca/files/uploads/2014-03-06_County_Council_agenda.pdf
Background information can be found at: http://windresistanceofmelancthon.com/2014/02/06/feb-13-2014-special-county-meeting-regarding-dufferin-wind-power/