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City of Kawartha Lakes council sends strong message against wind turbine project

Mary Riley — MyKawartha.com — February 5, 2013

Council to send strong message against wind turbine project

Several members of Manvers Wind Concerns show up at City Hall to oppose wind turbine project

(KAWARTHA LAKES) They were on their feet applauding when it was over. City of Kawartha Lakes council voted 15-2 in support of a staff recommendation urging the Province to refuse an application for the Sumac Ridge wind turbine project in Manvers Township.

“They’re coming – unless you can stop them.”

That’s what Paul Reed of the Manvers Wind Concerns group told City of Kawartha Lakes council on Tuesday (Feb. 5), as dozens of people packed the public galleries in council chambers.

At a special council meeting, there were 18 speakers on the agenda. The overwhelming feeling is that wind turbines have a negative impact on health, property values, wildlife habitat and overall quality of life.

Wpd Canada Corporation is proposing the installation of a 10.25 MW wind project, known as Sumac Ridge Wind Farm. The staff report states the current design uses five 2.05 MW wind turbines with a maximum capacity of 11.5 MW. Two of these turbines are located in the Oak Ridges Moraine. As such, the entire project must be considered under the Moraine legislation. The project is considered a Class 4 wind facility and the proposed commercial operation date is July 24, 2014. The operating footprint of the site is 4.52 ha. in total. However, the site comprises several separate parcels of privately owned land in the former Manvers Township, the report notes.

The approximate boundaries of the project area are Highway 7A to the north, Ballyduff Road to the south, and between Highway 35 and Porter Road. Most of those who appeared to speak to council are from Manvers Township.

Staff recommended that council ask the Province to refuse wpd Canada’s application. Director of planning and engineering Ron Taylor clarified that energy companies apply to the Province under a provincial process; council does not approve the application, but may express concerns. A municipal council may offer support for an application, or ask the Province to refuse it.

Mayor Ric McGee took control right away, saying while applause was fine, any “booing, hissing” or other expressions of displeasure would not be tolerated. Two warnings and the assembly would be cleared, he warned.

But, it remained civilized, as several speakers praised council’s “wisdom” and for “listening to the people”; in particular Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble for “devoting four years” to the wind turbine issue.

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