2012.08.01 Lori Glisson: Safe turbine regulations needed

Written by David Green.

I would like to thank the members of the IICC for a great presentation on why the Seneca township wind ordinance does not provide enough regulations when it comes to the health, safety and welfare of its residents. They covered why safer setbacks, measured from your property line, are needed, why the noise limit should be lower and measured from your property line. They pointed out safety features that could be installed to eliminate the flicker effect. Also covered were things to look for before signing any wind leases. 

For those of you who were disappointed in the lack of positive responses, I ask this question: Why didn't the Seneca board members and planning commission members who were in attendance, or the president of Great Lakes Wind, dispute any of the facts given? Could it have been because everything presented was the truth and couldn't be disputed?

I would like to remind you, these are not your grandmother's windmills, they are close to 500' feet tall industrial turbines we are talking about. Once they are put at an unsafe distance from your home, they are there to stay. Riga, Ogden and Fairfield Townships have ordinances that protect their people. Why are we being treated like second class citizens? The health, safety and welfare of our families should not be for sale at any price. 

We do have a chance to change the ordinance already passed by the board that allows unsafe regulations. I encourage you to Vote NO on the Seneca Township Zoning Referendum that reads:

Shall the Seneca Township Zoning Ordinance be adopted as described in the Seneca Township Zoning Amendment named Seneca Township Wind Energy Facility Ordinance to allow regulations on wind energy systems within Seneca Township?

My Vote will be No and yours should be too! 

– Lori Glisson   

 Seneca Hwy 

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