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Signs draw attention

Those small lawn signs protesting wind turbines in Dutton/Duwnich and West Elgin are starting to attract some attention.

Dutton/Dunwich Coun. Dan McKillop questions whether the signs, are on private or public property.

The signs are red on a white background and use a stop sign symbol reading: Stop the Wind Turbines.

They are scattered on properties in Dutton/Dunwich and West Elgin, usually close to the road, where they can be seen by traffic.

McKillop was told the signs are likely on the County of Elgin’s road allowance portion of major routes like Talbot Line.

If that’s the case, he asked, does the county have any concern about them?

Dutton/Dunwich Mayor Bob Purcell said the signs are much like election ones which are seen for a campaign period and then taken down.

The wind turbine issue has taken Western Elgin municipalities by storm since fall with the majority of ratepayers stubbornly against them.

However, municipalities are handcuffed by the limits of the provincial Green Energy Act which gives them very little regulating power over them.

Companies behind the wind turbines have signed property owners in

Dutton/Dunwich and West Elgin to leases which would give them the right to erect them. About 25 are planned for West Elgin.

West Elgin council recently passed a unanimous resolution stating it is a non-willing host for turbines. Resolutions identical to that have been adopted by municipalities across Ontario.