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Faubert wants questions answered about agreement
with Armow Wind

By Liz Dadson

www.kincardinetimes.com

Kincardine council

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Kincardine councillor Jacqueline Faubert wants some questions answered regarding the agreement between the Municipality of Kincardine and the developers of the the Armow Wind industrial wind turbine facility in the municipality.

Announced May 27, the development agreement pledges $13.6-million for local initiatives and the Kincardine Airport, as part of the Armow Wind project community benefit program. The project is being developed by Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development).

At the Kincardine council meeting last night (July 2), Faubert brought forward the motion she had made notice of June 18, which was seconded by councillor Randy Roppel.

Regarding the development agreement bylaw, accepted by council, Faubert put forward a motion directing staff to prepare a report to answer the following questions about the agreement:

  • Why was it discussed in closed session as opposed to open session?
  • Why was it approved while the project is still under appeal at Divisional Court?
  • What is the comparison of total tax collected over 20 years; comparing currently accepted "tax cap" in approved agreement to that of a tax formula and potential tax increase as prescribed in yearly budgetary bylaw?
  • What is the restrictive nature of the clauses (eg. 17.3) in regards to items including the proposed noise nuisance bylaw and restrictions on groups with municipal members such as the Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group?

Faubert clarified that the wording actually came from a letter to council from Karen Breitbach, but Faubert shares these concerns.

"At the last council meeting, I thought we asked staff to reply to Karen (Breitbach)'s letter," said deputy mayor Anne Eadie. "Has that happened yet?"

Chief administrative officer Murray Clarke said there was no clear direction at the last meeting, and then this motion was being brought forward at that night's meeting.

"I think it would be good have her letter answered," said Eadie.

"I agree," said councillor Randy Roppel. "There are other questions in Karen (Breitbach)'s letter that should be answered. Such as, if we decide to be involved in a legal action against the wind companies, can they take their money and run?"

"These questions keep coming across my desk," said Faubert. "So, I'm asking for clarification. This is an information-sharing exercise."

 


Council agreed to have staff bring a report back to council, regarding the answers to these questions.

"I would also like to ask questions of that staff report," said Faubert.

"Are we going to respond to every conspiracy theory that comes along?" asked mayor Larry Kraemer who was the lone voice against the motion.

For more on this story, read the article below:

Kincardine council Development agreement means Armow Wind puts $13.6-million into Kincardine coffers Read More

Liz Dadson



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