The group of about ten anti-wind turbine concerned citizens made a request for the municipality to lend a helping hand and support the HEAT movement. They addressed the councillors with three ways they could accomplish this.
1) Respond to the federal government in regards to the Radiation Admitting Act (RITA), which the members said are to be regulated because they do produce radiation “in the form of infrasound.”
2) Invite the municipality of Huron East to be involved with sending out memos in the form of emails or other methods of communication in regards to wind turbines. In the documents sent out, HEAT made recommendations that these findings should inform the community to respond with any complaints concerning people affected by noise, health or sleep.
3) Lastly, Heat member Gerry Ryan said, “We want that report struck from the record of the municipality because it’s an inaccurate representation of what was asked of council to do.”
Currently, Huron East CAO, Brad Knight is going through the specifics asked by HEAT with all the members of council.
“I know council is listening to what’s been said, but I’m not going to say what council’s reaction is going to be with that either,” explained Knight last Friday. “In response to RITA, it’s not a new legislation, I (have) to report back to council and (they) will actually get a copy of the whole resolution.”
During the 15-minute delegation meeting with council, HEAT stated they believe there is a health concern stemming as a result of the loud noises emanating from the wind turbines. This noise is keeping residents of St. Columban up late into the night. According to HEAT, last week people complained about noise once again in what they described as “a particularly bad night, a significant uproar that generated through the homes”, said Ryan. The group has suggested assistance from the health unit.
“The fact is, lack of sleep or deprivation of sleep is quality of health (issue), and a measure of negative quality for that reason,” added HEAT member, Jeanne Melady, explaining reasons to why this should be brought to a health department’s attention.
Mayor of Huron East, Bernie MacLellan is not convinced the sound complaints resulting in alleged health issues could be dealt with.
“I don’t know if the Board of Health would do something about it, Jerry hit it right on the head, they don’t have it in their budget,” MacLellan said. “Their budget is supplied mostly by the province.”
The next council meeting will be held at Huron East’s town hall in Seaforth November 3.
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