Seneca voters repeal wind farm ordinance 2012.08.15

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters repealed an ordinance governing wind energy facilities by only five votes, 135-130.

Township board members will now have to decide if they wish to rewrite the ordinance or have no ordinance in place. 

The board approved a wind energy ordinance in March, but shortly after it was passed, township resident Lori Glisson began circulating petitions calling for a referendum on the law. She wants to see an ordinance that would site wind turbines further from residences.

Glisson said she knew the vote would be close. She intends to follow the board’s actions to make sure a new ordinance would provide better protection for township residents.

Only 31 percent of the township’s registered voters cast a vote on the issue.

Other results

Democrat Jim Berryman will try to unseat state representative Nancy Jenkins in November after he defeated Harvey Schmidt 2,260-1,989 in the primary election.

Jim Driskill of Addison easily defeated incumbent county commissioner Rob Hall of Hudson, 521-287. Driskill will run unopposed in November. Hall served as a commissioner for the third district, which includes Morenci, for 14 years.

Kurt Haskell defeated Ruben Marquez by a 2-to-1 margin and will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in November.

Morenci school district voters renewed the non-homestead tax levy 338-118. County-wide, voters strongly approved a 0.25 mill increase for senior citizen services and a renewal of the levy supporting the Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

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