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 

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
  • Front.softball
    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
  • Front.art.park
    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.
  • Front.train
    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
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.soccer.balls
    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016