Mayor Bernie MacLellan was duty-bound to strike his wooden gavel against the desk to demand order following the outbursts by HEAT members at council.
During the reports and recommendations of municipal officers relating to HEAT’s presentation regarding St. Columban Wind Project protocols, the members said they felt council did not spend enough time to review their particular problem, involving the noise of wind turbines. They also wanted a response from an EPR posting which they believe is rather easy to understand compared to what they said council called “too technical.”
In addition, they attempted to explain to council they had been reviewing the wrong report. The secondary statement is the document HEAT said is the one, which is easier to understand. The group against turbines were aggravated and decided to speak out of turn in the council chambers.
“This is not a debate between us and the public at this point,” Huron East Mayor Bernie MacLellan, replied to the HEAT members who interrupted council.
Jeanne Melady, whom previously lived by the purported loud turbines, raised her voice to the mayor and said, “This is not a debate, but it is a clarification that the report not be submitted as it is written because it is inaccurate.”
Keeping his composer MacLellan told the group once again to not speak out while the meeting was in session or they would be requested to leave the premises, explaining to the main HEAT correspondents talking, which were Gerry Ryan and Melady. He added ‘”because this (is) not the proper process” to do so.
After a few minutes the council attempted to carry on with normal proceedings, but the irritated pair continued to address council regarding what they considered to be inconsistencies within council. The sound of the mayor’s gavel thumped after he told the group once again to “stop interrupting the council meeting at this time, we have moved on to the next topic.”
“If you want to have a delegation with council, then please file the proper paper work,” MacLellan said.
The anti-turbine group of about ten then left and council continued. Outside the meeting room huddled up in a circle the crowd voiced to the Expositor their concerns about this situation that has been going on since 2010.
Referring to the council of Huron East, long time HEAT member Ryan said, ”Another case of we’ll do nothing and we’ll look like we’re trying to do something.”
Huron East CAO Brad Knight responded to HEAT’s presentation they conducted at the last council meeting on September 22 in a form of a manuscript, available on the Huron East website. It acknowledged the HEAT group as followed:
“Council is aware that the municipality has limited involvement in the regulation of this project as it was permitted and constructed in accordance with the provision of the Green Energy Act and must comply with noise regulations as enforced by the Ministry of the Environment,” Knight stated in the document.
“The municipality should not be viewed as the only point of contact or main point of contact and residents should be encouraged to contact the company directly.”
Melady said she plans to fill out a request form to delegate at the next Huron East council meeting.
“My issue is to get the facts straight, be honest in the community, be transparent, don’t try to make a lot of red tape about this,’ she said
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