Moratoriums, setbacks, decommissioning and health.
These were the four major issues to come out of the special meeting on turbines in Kincardine on Tuesday night.
Several speakers asked for a moratorium on new development for the next two to six months to see if a middle ground can be reached between the municipality and the wind developers.
Barb Ashbee came in from Orangeville to talk of the ills her family suffered when they lived near a wind farm in the Flesherton area.
She said her family had constant headaches and suffered from tinnitus while her husband’s thyroid was out of control.
She says it all disappeared when they moved away from the turbines.
Meanwhile, Kincardine council has approved a draft policy that would fatten the set-backs of the turbines to three thousand meters in urban areas; 2750 meters in rural hamlets and 800 meters in farm areas.
The General Manager of Leader Wind Resources Eric Monrad says the jury is still out on the new proposals.
He says the province is the guiding body for this sort of thing and if the municipality has stricter conditions, they’ll have to see how it affects their projects.
Kincardine councillor Randy Roppel says the municipality needs to take a stand.
He says council is responsible for the health and well-being of its residents.
The proposed wind turbine policy will be before a regular Kincardine council meeting on April 13th for further discussion on wind turbine development.
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