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County considers help for zoning issue

The county is considering lawyering up in response to a list of more than 50 residents asking to be excluded from an area being primed for a batch of 50 to 70 wind turbines. County attorney Stephen Allen this week said county commissioners should hire outside legal counsel to determine whether allowing that many residents to opt out would create spot zoning.
6 May 2016

Almer Township Board decides not to implement moritorium on use permits for wind turbines

After a lengthy discussion, an Almer Township Board meeting took a strange turn on Tuesday night when Planning Committee liaison Brian Schriber told the Board he felt they didn't need to enact a moratorium on special use permits for wind turbines as recommended on a 6-1 vote of the planning commission. A motion was made to follow Schriber's suggestion and passed with abstentions from Township Supervisor Jim Miklovic and Trustee Michael Putnam. 
14 Apr 2016

Emails show Ellington Twp. fast-tracked wind laws

Tussey said he and other members of the concerned citizens group believe it was that pressure that led township officials to quickly enact what the concerned citizens have called a weak ordinance. They say what was adopted in Ellington Township was more about how many turbines can fit into one space and less about health, safety and overall impact on the community. “That pressure led them to not research the details of the ordinance.
9 Apr 2016

Turbine opponents, DTE on agenda

All members of the Lincoln Township Board of Trustees signed a letter dated March 16 in opposition to the proposed overlay. “We feel that Huron County has done our part as far as Green Energy. We feel that no additional turbines should be allowed in Huron County,” the letter succinctly states.
7 Apr 2016

Windmill stay leaves door open for Exelon project

The meeting was advertised through a piece of paper posted at the township office 18 hours before the meeting, Block said. The board went into executive session with its lawyer during the March 22 meeting and afterward voted on a new moratorium that stayed all future wind development except Exelon’s project.
1 Apr 2016

Almer Twp. planning commission meeting violated Michigan Open Meetings Act, attorney says

Tussey said he had additional concerns, as well, including the fact that as the board discussed ordinance changes, there was a lot of two-way exchange between planning commissioners and representatives of NextEra and Spicer. He told the board it was concerning the public was shut out of the two-way discussion and could not have any input until after the board voted.
16 Mar 2016

Sanilac townships put a stay on wind projects

In the space of about a week, three Sanilac County townships put a stay on wind energy development, and a fourth is considering the same possibility. Marion Township, one of the future sites for a planned Exelon wind project, approved a moratorium on wind energy development ...On Tuesday, voters in Argyle and Wheatland townships voted down their wind energy ordinances.
13 Mar 2016

At what cost? Wind farm frustration grows throughout Michigan’s Thumb region

“It’s important that the community know the short-term, mid-term, and long-term consequences of having turbines in the community,” Tussey said. “It’s not a situation where, if you don’t like it, you can just turn it off. It’s more akin to building a bridge, and once a bridge is built, it’s built.” Tussey plans to work with the concerned citizens in Ellington Township on an educational campaign intended to deliver straight facts about turbines – and not just at public meetings held during major snowstorms.
5 Mar 2016

Ellington Township Board discussion on NextEra's planned Tuscola III wind farm

Residents attended the Ellington Township board of trustees meeting held March 1, 2016 during a major snowstorm in Michigan's Thumb region. The residents are clearly seen pleading for the board to put safety ahead of the monetary opportunities from a NextEra wind energy proposal. At least one of the board members is a leaseholder and financially vested in the project proceeding. The project application is ripping the community apart where 90% of the households oppose the project. The news story covering this meeting can be read here.
1 Mar 2016

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