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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Hundreds attend final public meeting for wind turbines
    said losing planning control includes long range planning in rural areas natural heritage and agricultural resource planning and public and municipal consultation and appeal rights She said the township has been using health as its number one issue with the province and received no reply but added council is watching other municipalities challenge and lose their battles along Planning Act lines because the Green Energy Act supersedes municipal planning control It s pretty clear those things are gone she said of controls the municipalities once had As for heritage controls she said A lot of people feel if you get a heritage designation you get protection Normally you would They the provincial government have taken that away Some support turbines Not everyone at the open house was in opposition to the wind turbines Jutta Splettstoesser attended the rally and met with people to speak in favour of a civil discourse on the entire issue Splettstoesser from the Kincardine area visited the offices of The Wellington Advertiser prior to the open house She is the president of Friends of Wind Ontario a group she founded after seeing what she called one sided talks on wind turbines She and five members of the group talk about social benefits of turbines and the group has held a few meetings around Ontario I do not work for anybody she said adding she is a farmer with four children She does not have turbines on her property but is working to place solar generators there when Hydro One can accept the power My friends call me the face of wind she said We need more faces Splettstoesser said people who speak in favour of wind turbines are getting bullied attacked in public and getting legal threats She cited a doctor in Chatham who was threatened and said Anywhere people spoke they got attacked I ve been attacked on the radio I ve been called a liar my family gets slandered She said such attacks keep people from asking questions or speaking their mind on the issue The average person doesn t want confrontation How can they I find developers have been blamed for their positive actions Splettstoesser said the issue of turbines is far from over but People need information to make decisions but it has to be based on facts She feels facts have been distorted when it comes to wind turbines She talked recently with a man from a small community in Germany who told her his community is in the shadow of turbines it owns jointly and there are no problems The community lives within 300 metres of the turbines and everybody is healthy and happy So are the animals When asked about noise she said I have heard the turbines too The crickets were louder When asked to explain why wind turbine plants visited by Premier Dalton McGuinty for photo opportunities during the recent provincial election were laying off staff within weeks of his visit Splettstoesser said it might be because

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Bender site alteration appeal failed to gain any ground at Erin council
    the former mayor indicated the bylaw was a work in progress and the municipality would be willing to work with us What we are left with is a farm we can t do anything with They have 83 acres but the fill area involves about 15 Mayor Lou Maieron asked if the Benders are asking the permit be reinstated to finish the phase that was stopped or for the entire site Bender replied they want the whole property Maieron said if the tests are positive he could see allowing the second phase to be completed But they might need to reapply for phases three to five He said I don t want to grandfather you in under the provisions of the old bylaw The new bylaw may include new standards If the town allows the second phase after soil tests it would still be looking at revising the existing bylaw Maieron said some of the information gathered for the initial application could be used in a new one Bender sought assurance from council the next phases could go ahead if the soil tests are acceptable We ve always done things according to the law Tocher said the letter of deficiencies was issued Oct 4 and the property was inspected on Oct 18 and 28 2010 and there were no substantial changes We re going a bit around the bush here councillor Josie Wintersinger said It is not about the 10 000 It is about the quality of the fill Bender said she offered to have soil samples done to prove there is nothing wrong with the quality of fill Wintersinger asked So why then have you had to remove what you have Councillors cited numerous items discovered in the fill including concrete blocks rebar wire tie rod ends mesh and asphalt Tocher said We are not talking about the soil samples but the debris in the soil Wintersinger added council has photos of the debris found Planner Sally Stull cited photos from a Nov 18 site visit that showed asphalt pulled out of the area that was seeded Stull also had photos of fill pushed into the fence lines and tree lines not respected Others showed the size of asphalt blocks brought onto the property and materials that would not meet standards in the soil analysis Stull added There is steel mesh foil plastic containers concrete and slopes which exceeded 8 Wintersinger asked what happened to that debris because it is considered contaminated material Bender asked a definition of contaminated material Stull said The site alteration bylaw does not allow you to accept any garbage at all Bender asked why the town gave back the deposit but Tocher said that did not mean anything We did not tell you everything was fine she said She explained that 10 000 would be woefully insufficient to undertake that work not because it was perfect Brennan said When this started you got caught up in that we didn t have a bylaw in

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Residents tirade not appreciated by Erin councillors; mayor apologizes
    maintained She said if there were deficiencies the town should have used the deposit to remedy the situation Bender said the rejection of her permit was subjective and without substance Much of her presentation centred around her perceived treatment A stop work order Bender said stopped her from doing any more improvements to the property The final finishing touches were far from complete She believes the farm left as it is will depreciate in value instead of being an asset to the community We ve never had a chance to finish things off as planned she said adding the land previously was poor for agriculture and would not sustain any crop She said the plan was to fill the entire 83 acres in stages Bender also maintained that since a permit was issued the town became responsible for the condition of the site since the deposit was to address deficiencies She said because of the bylaw she has been forced to get a survey of the 83 acres that cost over 10 000 plus a permit for which she s received no benefit She was also upset the fill project had to be staged in the first place as well as having to wait for grass to grow to a certain length rather than just show evidence of seeding As a result she said she believes the project was delayed unnecessarily and developing the land as I see fit If inappropriate material was placed here the town had the deposit to fix the problem She also said she believes she has been treated unjustly unfairly and been discriminated against I feel persecuted with no recourse Bender said If there is a problem with our property then the permit process failed the Benders Near the end of the meeting as councillors were given an opportunity to speak councillor John Brennan said he wanted to make certain everyone in the room understood the matter clearly Our staff act in a professional manner and are not biased They do not treat people on the basis of whim he said They do the best they can to provide the best service to everyone on an equal basis I will not entertain any more slanderous comments Councillor Josie Wintersinger agreed with Brennan that the personal jabs were inappropriate Councillor Deb Callaghan said staff worked with integrity and honesty and they do have our full support It was only after comments made by council that Mayor Lou Maieron said I was remiss in not protecting our staff but perhaps was caught up in the discussion I do apologize for that He then warned people against making such comments in the future As a learning mayor you re going to make such mistakes once in a while Maieron concluded October 7 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Erin residents have had their fill of towns site alteration bylaw
    or enhancement of agricultural sites While council might want to consider outright prohibition there would still be areas where an adjacent conservation authority has allowed fill An example of a small project ruled by the bylaw would be a driveway with a lot of fill Stull said in the current bylaw anything over 10 loads is affected Building permits for the property would be held up until the requirements of the site alteration are met because proponents would be unable to get on the property An outright prohibition means the proponent could not install a driveway to access Councillor Barb Tocher asked about fill and aggregate from a company for a driveway Stull said if the own buys 200 loads from a gravel pit he would not need soil analysis She said if people have a choice of 200 free loads of fill or buying it from a gravel pit obviously you re going to take the free loads Maieron asked what would happen if the property owner has a mound of dirt on the site and wants to use that If you go by the wording of the bylaw Yes because the grades are being altered Stull said the main concern is the source of material is confirmed and it is free of contaminants and that you re not messing up your neighbour s grading Resident Ed McKelvey had wondered if the night s meeting would make any progress But I now feel that council is seriously looking at making revision to the fill bylaw in our view it is needed desperately He said trucks rolled passed his place again that day That fill he said is being placed on top of a field of alfalfa and he finds that distressing He has a pilot s license and periodically looks around Just last week I went over the site to have a look I saw beautiful fields of soybeans corn swampy areas wood areas and then in the centre of it I saw this great gob of dirt From an agricultural or conservation point of view what benefit is this He said those benefitting are from the GTA who desperately want to get rid of some fill and are paying huge amounts of money to get rid of it Interrupting from the audience someone asked if McKelvey was jealous Am I jealous McKelvey asked Not the least bit I have no issue with people who want to make money legally At that point the heckler left the meeting McKelvey said I simply do not believe any member of council or members of the two conservation authorities want to see farmland destroyed It makes no sense He did not want to see small projects caught up in the issue But when we start talking about 8 000 or 10 000 loads of fill that is suspect He said control is essential and it will cost the municipality and the taxpayers to enforce it Lawrence Ryan said his 22 acre property is part of a farming operation We wanted to build a barn for the sole purpose of putting horses there so people could learn to drive a carriage or to have trails But it would go in the centre of the property and requires fill in a hole to make it level The bylaw as it stands would exempt his proposal because the intent is to have a building over the area to be filled But the hole is three acres and about 12 feet deep and would require 76 000 loads to level the land We re putting in engineered fill so that it can act as a building foundation As for soil analysis Ryan said the town should have an idea of what it is looking for rather than just meeting MOE requirements He said he was looking for the right dirt to begin with because he intends to build but without knowing the requirements he might have been fooled with other soil reports If at the end of the day you have an example of what a soil report should say that is what I need to show people who are trying to sell me dirt One of his concerns is the soil cited in a soil analysis report is not the same material arriving at his property He agrees with site inspections and recommended filling only be allowed in thin layers If there is garbage there you ll see it Dr Marieke Wevers and her husband have a property on County Road 125 in the most southerly portion of Erin We ve had the unique experience of seeing the issue from both sides Across from their property is one of the first fill sites It is closed in cooperation with the GRCA because work began to encroach on a riverbed Recently we had the opportunity to have fill brought onto our property We were being offered 20 a load and were told based on the property it would be worth about 450 000 by the time the area was flattened They looked into the town s fill bylaw and into types of soil that would be brought in Her occupation involves the study of numbers statistics and health risks There are places designated as sample safe sites that have three or four samples taken out of 100 acres That doesn t guarantee to me that those sites are contaminant free Her second worry is how she would be able to monitor materials coming in We have quite a few friends who are toxicologists and experts in similar fields who said there is no way you are going to be able to regulate those trucks coming in And who carries the burden once the site is closed She said even with a township bylaw The final buck stops with the property owner and there is no homeowner who could afford a cleanup if a site is determined to be contaminated Erin is part of the headwaters for

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Town successful in skateboard park application
    Credit Corporation s AgriSpirit Fund Erin received 6 100 to purchase modular equipment for its proposed skateboard park Hass noted that while the town had applied for 10 000 it got 6 100 We ll take that she said If you don t ask you don t get added Mayor Lou Maieron January 6 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Brighten up your mind Board of healths elected officers Carbon Nation kicks off enviro film fest Jan 18 Erin postmaster retiring Divisions remain council balks at mayors initial request to amend agenda Council approves creating a special policy area for waterworks extension Price of vandalism high in the Town of Erin The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths Digital Publications Classifieds Centre Wellington Wellington North Mapleton Minto Guelph Eramosa Erin Puslinch Police Report Editorial Letters to the Editor Columns Cartoon Editorial Policy Submit a Letter Sports Arts Entertainment Community

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - County officials visit to put a names to faces for local municipalities
    population is under age 35 and We re not a transient community She said every county municipality has a greater population growth rate than the provincial rate and added The quality of life is seen as particularly high She noted Mapleton is the most rural of Wellington municipalities and agriculture grew by 16 between 2006 and 2009 She noted in particular there is a prospect for agricultural products for the ethnic market When it comes to business she said a survey indicated there are three major complaints by employers She said there is a shortage of skilled labour there is a shift away from general labour the taxes are high and there are cost pressures for such things as gasoline other fuels and hydro She added the strengths are as one businessman put it We are close to everything but far enough away She said being close to major populations is a major strength for the area Weaknesses include no public transit a lack of local food options a lack of branding and a lack of cohesion between the upper and lower tier governments Reichert added household debt in Wellington is too high but there were signs in November the economy picked up with people spending for Christmas and more jobs in retail and health care She added there is a chance of a resurgence in manufacturing because there appears to be a slowing of China s economy as costs increase there and manufacturing might be shifting to the southern United States When that part of the continent is working Canadian exports can do well She noted that in southern Ontario 48 companies are seeking placement of students from Conestoga College another good sign Councillor Andy Knetsch noted there is an absence of skilled labour and asked why Canada is not importing people from Europe who have English as a second language White said That s the reason why we re doing this It s a pretty basic item There s a lot of businesses out there that need people He said informing colleges and universities of what skills are going to be needed would allow them to offer the right courses That along with recruiting overseas could halt the shortage of skilled workers But White said some things go beyond core municipal services We re trying to step up and work with businesses He cited a recent job fair held in his municipality in Marden that attracted 200 people Mayor Bruce Whale told council Reichert is one of those assigned to the new county economic development committee White added She will report back County chief administrative officer Scott Wilson introduced all the department heads and said All of us at the county are very proud of what we do All department heads were given a brief time to introduce themselves and explain their roles When that was completed councillor Neil Driscoll asked if Mapleton could use the county s human resources department to help the township Several municipalities are

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Breen: Scheduling conflict actually a positive thing
    either end of the village to ensure traffic is getting through and routed to the right location Breen said it was never the township s intention to close the roads completely as it did for the recent Eden Mills Writers Festival Yet he stressed it is important to have accurately worded signs at both ends of the village so cars don t turn around after reading a simple road closed sign Councillor Corey Woods disagreed with Breen s optimistic assessment of the conflict Woods noted it is unfortunate that one group prefers the roads closed and another prefers them open and it will be difficult to please both Breen and White said using proper signs and marshals to help direct traffic should ensure both events run smoothly Council unanimously approved closing five Eden Mills streets on Oct 1 with the exception of local traffic and vehicles attending either event in the village Councillor John Scott was absent Parade of Lights At the same meeting last week council also offered its support of another popular township event Woods initially said he is worried about setting a precedent by using township insurance to cover the annual Rockwood Parade of Lights set this year for Dec 8 White responded by saying the parade which is organized by local farmers is very very local and always well attended It s something that s overwhelmingly supported by the community and they would look to us to support it White said Councillors Breen and David Wolk agreed calling the support money well spent Council unanimously agreed to provide in kind support for the parade totalling about 5 711 September 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - International blacksmith artists met in town
    in North America 10 per cent of blacksmith artists are part time while in Great Britain 90 of them work at the art full time As a thank you to Centre Wellington for hosting the event the artists crafted two benches made of wood and steel and presented them to Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross Zuj who was thrilled to accept them Their art is fantastic she said after a visit the sportsplex grounds in Fergus Saturday afternoon She said of the benches That s their gift to the town Smith said he heard throughout out the weekend from visitors that they were amazed at the facilities offered in Fergus He said many of them come from much larger cities and told him they do not have the amenities being offered in the host town Smith said there was talk of placing the benches in Templin Gardens but he now believes that they will remain at the sportsplex One of the benches was made in advance and the second was being completed on the grounds during the weekend Smith said it took two years of planning for the conference and the local tourism group and the township couldn t have been more helpful Visitors could also see such things as a portable forge that was created for the Revolutionary War and used to repair weapons in the field Smith also explained that most of the work being done in blacksmithing today is with various types of steel He and others at the site noted that there is very little wrought iron being used today and the last factory that produced it closed in 1975 Today blacksmiths and artists use different types of steel that they forge for their works There was a display in the community centre for people to see the kind of work that is being done Smith said it is amazing the quality and craftsmanship from Ontario Most of the work in there is from Ontario Smith has been involved in blacksmith art for over 25 years and said of his fellow artists It s a very sharing community There is always differences in how things are made One of the more stunning pieces on display in the community centre was by Floradale artist Robb Martin whose three dimensional Crucifixion image on what appeared to be a large canvas attracted plenty of attention Smith noted that Martin even included drops of blood hand forged in the work Martin said he has always been fascinated by the Renaissance period and artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci and they both did crucifixion works He used plant leaves to form a vision of the cross and the actual sculpture reaches out several inches from the apparent backing of the portrait I ve always fancied myself as a sculptor he said so he decided to try it He estimated that it took him up to 200 hours to complete over a nine month period August 5 2011 Tweet Tell Us What

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