[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]



LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Conflict of interest concerns and wind  

Credit:  PUBLIC FORUM: Conflict of interest concerns and wind | Letter to the Editor | Daily News | July 24, 2021 | thedailynews.cc ~~

The topic of concern; Winfield Township officials. Below is the Winfield Township ethical standards:

“All elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers shall fulfill their duties with the utmost attention to serving the best interests of the township citizens, and no official, employee or volunteer shall participate in a decision or transaction on behalf of the township that would result in a direct financial benefit to the township official, employee, or volunteer.

“Any official, employee or volunteer who believes that he or she may be place in a potential conflict of interest shall immediately notify the township board and any subsequent action shall be in conformance with state law.

“No employee shall accept employment that conflicts with performing his or her township duties. No officer or employee shall accept any gift or consideration from a person or company providing goods or services to the township, or who is soliciting township business.”

After reading this in the Winfield Township Administrative Policies and Procedures, should the multiple leased members of this township committee continue on with discussion of their wind ordinance? We know that the Planning Commission chairman is part of the steering committee and has leased to Apex Clean Energy.

Another concern is that this township has chosen Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes as the law firm to help write the solar and wind ordinance. On Saturday, July 17, at the solar public hearing ran by Anthony B. Warren, a lawyer from this firm, a young woman stood up to defend wind energy.

“I live in Isabella County, my home is surrounded by wind turbines,” she said. “Birds are not falling from the sky, and the turbines are like fans in the background.”

She quickly claimed that she was not employed by Apex. However this young lady is the wife of Anthony B. Warren, and after some research their residence is a mere 8,800 feet from the closest wind turbine. Now, if we could get this kind of setback in Montcalm County I am sure all would be extremely happy with this. At this setback, they may appear nothing more than a fan.

However, yet again comes the issue of ethics. How can a township full of conflicted officials, employing a lawyer who is also obviously conflicted, write an ordinance that will represent the citizens of Winfield?

Jamie Snyder

Cato Township

Source:  PUBLIC FORUM: Conflict of interest concerns and wind | Letter to the Editor | Daily News | July 24, 2021 | thedailynews.cc

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

 Follow: