Updated, 6-15-2018: Monitor Township has moved a step closer to passing an ordinance that allows wind turbines to locate dangerously near homes.
On June 5, the Planning Commission discussed an ordinance that included regulations about wind energy. During the meeting, officials consulted frequently with a DTE representative about how to write the ordinance in a way that best meets the needs of the big energy company. A member of the community stood up and suggested that the board delay the vote so the people who live in Monitor Township could also comment on what best meets their needs. Initially, the Planning Commission agreed to delay the vote for a month. The community members who made the suggestion then left the meeting.
There is some confusion about what happened next. According to some the commission rescinded the vote delaying action. and the Planning Commission voted to forward the ordinance to the full board and recommended it be approved on June 25. We are hoping that once the meeting minutes are released there will be some clarification on what exactly happened.
One of the GLBR-SOS’s most strongly-held beliefs is that the people who live in a community deserve the opportunity to voice their opinions to their elected officials. No matter what happened at the planning meeting the Monitor Township Board needs to hear their citizens’ concerns on June 25th.
More importantly, we at the GLBR-SOS strongly believe that the language in the recommended ordinance does little to protect your health and safety. The ordinance allows turbines to locate 750 feet from the road. The noise restrictions are inadequate. If this ordinance passes, your property values will significantly drop. Many studies show the wind turbines cause discomfort and illness for people living in nearby homes.
Please plan to attend the full board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25 at the Monitor Township Hall, 2483 E. Midland Road. We need you to tell the board that wind turbines are not the right fit for Monitor Township.