Thank you to WNEM for the coverage of the wind turbine issue in Monitor Township. Reporter James Felton interviewed a Monitor Township resident and the Township Supervisor, Ken Malkin.
On June 5, the Monitor Township Planning Commission discussed an ordinance that included regulations about wind energy. 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.
When interviewed by TV5, Monitor Township resident Pete Campbell expressed similar concerns. Campbell is a pharmacist and told TV5 he is concerned about the health impact of the turbines on the community.
Ken Malkin told TV5 that he has talked to residents who were unhappy that recent township newsletters did not mention the possibility of turbines. Malkin said on air that he plans on proposing that the board delay discussing the ordinance.
“… there will be absolutely no windmills or wind turbines until we’ve finished updating our ordinance and it’s been adopted by the board.” He also told TV5 that he is studying the successful ordinance adopted in Beaver Township. “If I had it my way, I want DTE to call me tomorrow and say that we’re not coming. That’s what I’d like.”
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.