Central Huron Council will be doing its part to ensure proposed wind farms do not wreak havoc on municipal roads and bridges.
During a report at Central Huron’s Oct. 28 committee-of-the-whole session, roads manager Tom Sinclair reports local staff recently met with Leader Resources officials in order to map out which routes trucks will take when wind turbine installation begins.
“We can map out routes and declare where trucks can’t go,” notes Sinclair, adding it is also possible to rule that Cut Line could be the only route trucks can use to service turbines.
While Coun. Brian Barnim questioned whether the municipality could seek out compensation in the event any roads or bridges are damaged, Sinclair reports that is one of the avenues being hashed out.
As it stands, cautions Sinclair, Central Huron could not do anything.
“Tomorrow, you can’t stop them because we don’t have any of the roads signed,” says Sinclair.
CAO Kevin McLlwain notes a number of bylaws will be coming before the new council in order to deal with wind turbine-related issues.
Sinclair adds the wind development is scheduled to include the creation off 33 kilometres of new roads, which is the same amount as what Clinton possesses.
While private roads are not in Central Huron’s jurisdiction, bridges are a concern, says McLlwain.
“We have to steer them away from bridges that can’t carry that weight,” he says.
Sinclair says the public roads of concern are those without a second load of asphalt.
Barnim made a point of noting it seems ironic that Central Huron is ensuring due diligence while the province is not.
Deputy Reeve John Bezaire says he has concerns about projects that are taking place overtop of municipal drains, which Sinclair reports is another issue being addressed.
Councillors also learned Leader has now mapped out where it plans to place turbines for two large-scale projects planned for Central Huron.
Though Leader has published a link to a web site, www.leaderwind.com, that site was not yet online as of press time.
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