2012.06.06 Lori Glisson: Vote 'No,' safer regulations needed

Written by David Green.

Why would the board pass an ordinance that does not have enough safety regulations to protect the residents of the township? Is it just because the supervisor's dad is/was? the president of Great Lakes Wind? Safer setbacks are needed as well as other safety issues.  We need an ordinance that regulates on the side of health and safety. Not one the side of how many turbines can we squeeze into Seneca Township regardless if it would put some people at risk.

What happens when a turbine that is 1500 feet from your home catches on fire? How many fire departments are equipped to put out a fire on a turbine that is 500 feet tall? I guess you let it burn, as it does the burning debris can be scattered who knows how far. What happens to the oil inside the turbine and its base? A single turbine may contain up to 700 gallons of oil. Where would it go? Into the surrounding ground, then into our well water? I could not find anything in the ordinance that deals with an underground containment system. What about the April 24 turbine malfunction and debris scatter in Paulding County, Ohio?

If you have questions, there is going to be an informational meeting on June 27 at the Morenci American Legion at 7 p.m. I would recommend that everyone attend.

– Lori Glisson

Seneca Hwy., Morenci

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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