Wording set for Seneca turbine referendum 2012.05.16

Written by David Green.

Wording for the referendum on Seneca Township’s new wind energy ordinance was approved by the township board Monday. The issue will appear on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot.

Voters will see the following question on the ballot:

“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?”

The board approved an election resolution that outlined the process leading up to the referendum, starting with the planning commission’s approval of the ordinance in January, the township board’s adoption of the ordinance in March, and the filing of petitions in April calling for a referendum.

A “yes” vote approves the ordinance as written and a “no” vote calls for the planning commission to reject the ordinance. Opponents of the ordinance are calling for changes that they think will better protect residents from potential problems associated with wind turbines.

CLEAN-UP—Township supervisor John Gould noted that only two bins of trash were collected at the spring clean-up May 12. He suggested that the board might want to consider scheduling only one collection a year instead of two.

BUDGET—Board members heard the second reading of the proposed 2012-13 budget, calling for expenses of $260,900 and revenue of $257,900.

JULY—The board decided to meet July 16 so action could begin on road work sooner. Typically the board doesn’t meet in July. The Brown Road project, for example, can’t get underway until the next budget year, Gould explained, and he would rather not wait until August for approval.

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