Prospective wind noise nuisance bylaw to be aired again tonight


By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will have not one but two more motions to consider related to developing a multi-municipal noise nuisance bylaw aimed at regulating industrial wind turbines.


The motions, which will be voted on during tonight’s council meeting, were brought forward following lengthy and indecisive discussions during the two previous meetings, held Jan. 8 and Jan. 15. The first motion was originally introduced by councillor Ken Craig last Wednesday directing staff to contact legal counsel for advice regarding the development of a multi-municipal noise nuisance bylaw.


“I believe that we should investigate this option as a means of protecting our citizens,” Craig said.


That motion was deferred after it was revealed that a second motion from councillor Jacqueline Faubert would be made tonight that could have a bearing on how councillors vote. She said that while she values legal opinion, she wants to see the municipality do more than simply seek out another opinion.


Faubert said she was late in submitting her motion, which is why it didn’t appear on last week’s agenda. But until the motion was placed on this week’s agenda, she was unable to reveal the details.


Councillor Maureen Couture said she needed more information before she would be willing to defer Craig’s motion.


“I can make a proper decision to defer if I know what I’m deferring to hear next week,” she said.


Craig said that he didn’t mind deferring his motion for a week because, either way, council will be looking for staff input.


On Friday, Faubert’s motion was posted in the council agenda on the municipal website. It directs Kincardine council to strongly support in principle and in practice forming a coalition to investigate and draft a generic noise nuisance bylaw as was outlined in a presentation made to council on Jan. 8. In addition, the motion directs the municipality to form a coalition with other municipalities to develop the bylaw and to allocate $15,000 per year for the next two years to the coalition.


However, no money would be paid until the total amount required to develop and defend the bylaw has been committed and until a memorandum of understanding is agreed among coalition members that includes a written pledge for funding from each member. Funds would also be held back until a plan is created that defines how to move the process forward, details administrative structures and outlines how funds would be handled.