We’ve updated the website to reflect new developments in the township

We’ve updated the About Save Reading and Our Mission tabs to reflect developments that have occurred since the zoning changes were rejected by township voters by the overwhelming margin of 71% to 29%.

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Here are comments made by Don and Eva Richardson at the Zoning Appeals meeting on Septembe 10, 2014 which was to consider a variance request from James Galloway for a wind measurement tower. Their comments convey the sentiments of the majority of Reading Township voters which were clearly heard in the referendum which soundly rejected (71% to 29%) the proposed amendments to the ordinance.

  1. Why should a variance be granted that would so negatively affect the long-time character of our community?  This would be the first steps to changing us from a quiet, rural, farming, residential, recreational area where we enjoy beautiful fields, vegetation, acres of farm crops and lakes to one that looks like an industrial park with no chance of ever returning to the quiet pastoral setting we now have.  Go look around Paulding, Ohio!
  2. As representatives of all Reading Township residents I/we urge you to consider the desire of residents who don’t want a wind farm against the few who do…those who enjoy the area as it is against the few who will benefit financially directly from turbines on their property.  Those not having turbines, who own homes near the affected area will most likely have the value of their property lessened.  Who would want to buy a home in a wind farm?
  3. We are told there are tax benefits BUT there are no specifics available.  We are shown where the farm is to be BUT there are no promises that it won’t be bigger.  We are told there will be jobs for local people but again NO specifics.  Do we have the right skilled people and for how long will the jobs last?  Even if these questions were answered – do we really want to see our community character changed for the financial benefit of a few people?
  4. Current zoning for our township was established after a great deal of thought considering the benefit of all residents allowing people to establish residence that fit the kind of surroundings they liked and wanted to invest in…to allow this variance, sets in motion a gigantic change in that principle after we have invested in our homesteads.  That’s not in the best interest for most people and is very unfair.  With that in mind how can you justify allowing this move to take place?
  5. Board of Review members – if you were asked to approve a variance to allow an airport (even a small one) next to your residence with no promise that it wouldn’t expand and that it would bring revenue to the township without specifics on the amount, would you want that to happen?
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ALERT: Wind supporters proposing new industrial wind facility

Attached are two recent articles from The Hillsdale Daily News regarding the proposal for a new industrial wind facility in our township.

There is a meeting at the township hall on September 24 at 7:00 P.M. to consider granting James Galloway and OWN Energy a variance in order to construct a 190 foot tall wind measurement tower.

You may want to consider attending the meeting.

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We will continue to keep you informed with news on this proposed project

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Here’s a first-hand account from a resident who has a turbine 1,139 feet from his property line

This video is from a recent meeting where Cary Shineldecker makes comments concerning the Consumers Energy complaint process he is dealing with in Mason County, MI.
Their ordinance is stricter than ours which illustrates why you must VOTE NO ON FEBRUARY 26 TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS.

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What life is like in the shadow of turbines

The following letter was sent to the Hillsdale and Coldwater newspapers.  This will be our reality if the Duke amendments are approved by Reading Township voters.

Hello-

My name is Cary Shineldecker.  My wife and I life in Riverton Township, Mason County, Michigan, between Ludington and Pentwater.  I understand that Reading Township has a community and county changing vote coming up regarding zoning ordinance amendments. These amendments were not submitted by residents of the Reading Township or even residents of Hillsdale County.  These amendments were applied for by a huge energy company, Duke Energy, who simply would like to create negligently permissive industrial wind turbine zoning within Reading Township and Hillsdale County.   I am very familiar with these type amendments because Consumers Energy did the same thing in my community and now my family, my neighbors and my community have to live with the consequences.   When this happened to us, we had no one to warn us, no outside citizens to help.   I am requesting that you place my letter to the editor that I have written in your paper in letters to the editor, as others see it, or in opinions, before the election in Reading Township.

The zoning ordinances that Duke has applied for would be more permissive than we have and our impacts are devastating for many of us, including my family, that live closest to these huge industrial machines.   I am attaching both the letter and a picture that I took of my home as Consumers Erected a Vestas V100 1.8 MW, 476’ tall turbine, 1139’ from my property line and about 1200’ from my former bedroom window.  We now sleep in our basement many nights to protect ourselves from the vibration and noise that penetrates our home.   Please let me know if you would be able to publish this for the sake of your residents and readers.  People will have no idea of the consequences of this vote until it is too late.  

Thank you,  Cary Shineldecker, 3514 W. Kistler Road, Ludington, MI  49431

Text of the letter to the editor follows:

Please Vote to Defeat Duke Energy’s Amendments – Protect Your Community

I am writing to the good citizens of Reading Township about the upcoming referendum vote regarding their wind ordinance amendments put forward by Duke Energy and passed by the Township Board.

I am a resident of Riverton Township, Mason County, Michigan and an unwilling neighbor of industrial wind turbines.  Since beginning operation on Thanksgiving Day, 2012, I can honestly say without reservation that Consumers Energy and their 56 – 476’ Industrial Wind Turbines are absolutely turning in to the most nightmarish bad neighbors imaginable.

Thus far in the past two months since commercial operation began our home is filled with intrusive modulating noise emissions in both high and low-frequency.  These noise emissions cannot only be heard but felt throughout our bodies while in our home.  The sensations of pulsing in our eyes, head, ears and chest are relentless and physiologically disturbing.  Sleep disturbance is routine, headaches and ear pressure are the new normal.  Everything you have researched, read and heard from wind turbine victims around the world is true.

Rumors of neighbors suffering are becoming prevalent, both leased and non-leased people are having significant problems with sleep disturbance, pressure in ears, and severe headaches.  Some people have already left their homes and many are currently making plans to sell and leave, or just leave.  Sleep is a requirement of healthy living and with giant industrial turbines as neighbors; restful sleep seems to be an unachievable physical necessity.  My wife and I have put an air mattress on the floor of a storage room in our basement in order to attempt to seek sanctuary from the relentless pulsations that seem to not be at all inhibited by our homes walls.  Believe me, considering abandoning your home of 16 years  is a daunting thought to consider on a home you have raised your family in.

As it stood, your ordinance at 40 dBA at the property line was on the upper level of what I would now, based on my own living experience, consider adequate.  There simply is no other place to measure setbacks, whether for noise, setbacks, or flicker than the property line.  It is your property, all of it, all the way to your property line.  This is the only satisfactory place to say here is the line, do not cross it.

I personally plead to every Reading Township registered voter to get out and vote in the referendum.  Duke Energy may have left, but the production tax credit still exists, the state mandate continues in place and the dirty wheels of big wind are still turning and Reading Township is squarely in the cross-hairs.  Do not be lulled into a sense of false security.  Get out and Vote and defeat the Duke Energy’s proposed ordinance.  It is your township, you pay the taxes, and you should govern it, not Duke Energy.

Believe me when I say, you do not want to live our new reality.  If you love your home, your neighbors, and your community, do not weaken your zoning protections.  No one cares about you, but you.  I wish you and your community a lifetime of health, safety, and welfare.  May God Bless You.

Very Sincerely,

Cary Shineldecker, Riverton Township, Mason County, Michigan

 

 

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Here’s what we’ve been doing to get out the vote on February 26. Be sure to VOTE NO.

In January we sent this document to Reading Township voters.  In addition, we sent over 400 DVD’s showing a Dekalb, Illinois family’s experience with wind turbines to township residents.  We also have seven 4×8 billboards placed strategically around the township.

On February 26, 2013, YOU have the opportunity to vote to repeal the “Duke Amendments” to Reading Township’s Wind Energy Ordinance.

 The Duke amendments remove the protections of the original ordinance.  Repeal the Duke amendments

Return to the original ordinance.

VOTE NO on February 26

 Reading Township wind project Facts: 

·       Duke asked, and the board approved, an amendment to the wind ordinance which removes significant protections for all Reading Township residents.  

·       Duke got what they asked for, then cancelled the leases and left town.

 Ordinances should be about protecting all of us all the time, not about what one

large company asks for to build a specific wind project.  Returning to the original ordinance will restore those protections for ALL citizens of Reading Township.

 What are the Duke Changes?

Measuring turbine noise at your house instead of at your property line.

 What does this mean to you?

·       The original ordinance measured noise from your property line.  This protected your yard, your children’s swing set, your pond, and your tree stand.

·       The Duke amendment measures noise from your bedroom window/front door.  

·       AND future construction, on your own property, is no longer protected.

 Raising acceptable noise levels AND changing the way the noise is measured.

 What does this mean to you?

·         The original ordinance allowed for a Maximum noise level of 40dB. The amended ordinance allows for an AVERAGE of 45dB, measured over an hour’s time.

·         Because noise would be measured as an average, the noise allowed will be higher.   Sustained peak levels will also be higher. 

·         It will be virtually impossible for anyone to determine if or when sound levels are not in compliance.

·         How will you be able to measure?  How will different times and conditions affect sound measurements?  Will you be able to replicate the conditions?

·         Wind turbine noise is affected by weather and other atmospheric conditions, and turbines are often loudest at night when there is more wind.

·         The noise level you hear doubles with every 10dB — going from 40 to 45dB is the sound equivalent of speeding up from 40 mph to 60 mph in your car.)

 Duke has cancelled its leases, suspended its operations in Reading Township and left town, but they or another energy company could return with another wind turbine project proposal at any time. We need to have an ordinance in place that is fair both to potential leaseholders as well as their neighbors — an ordinance that protects ALL residents of Reading Township.  Protect our township; protect your family and your property. 

Repeal the “Duke Amendments”

 VOTE NO onFebruary 26

 ·         The Reading Township zoning ordinance can be found on the following link: http://www.hillsdalecounty.info/government027881.asp – see pages 61 – 71 of the Zoning Ordinance of Reading Township

 

 

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Here is a great video on the effects of wind turbines in Canada

Last week the Canadian Broadcasting Channel aired a documentary regarding industrial wind turbines.  Although it is not available directly in the U.S.  you can watch it here on YouTube.  It is 42 minutes long and with no commercials.  You may want some popcorn.

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Here are 2 great articles that support our position

From Wind Watch – this is very powerful – check out the first couple of interviews – fantastic!!!
From the Madison Wisconsin newspaper re. the Shirley wind farm study
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Duke suspends project.

Duke has suspended the Reading, Allen, and Cambria Townships wind project.  They weren’t able to sell the power (Purchase Power Agreement PPA) to either DTE or Consumers Energy.

Here is the letter that Duke sent to their lease holders stating that they are ‘suspending’ the project.

What does this mean to us?

  • First and foremost this is GREAT NEWS!
  • No turbines will be installed in Reading Township for the foreseeable future.  Suspension is not cancellation, but Duke’s inability to sell the power makes it impossible for them to begin any construction until at least 2014.
  • Our efforts for the February referendum MUST continue.  The ordinance, which includes the Duke changes, regulates ANY wind companies who may want to do business here.  Our referendum returns the protections that we need for all residents.
  • What about all the leases that Duke holds?  We have a copy of a lease so we will do some homework and try to answer some of the following questions:
    • What does project suspension mean to the leaseholders?  These are long term leases.
    • Are the leases cancelled?
    • Will Duke sell the leases to another company who will resurrect the project?
    • Will Duke continue payment to the leaseholders in order to maintain the hold on their property?

    There are lots of questions for the leaseholders and lots to think about and research for us. We will do our best to get answers.

We have made a difference in this effort.  Even though Duke is suspending the project because they couldn’t sell the power, we believe that we helped by delaying the project.

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The amount of misinformation advanced by proponenets of Proposal 3 is astounding!

If Proposal 3 is approved on November 5th, the number of turbines in Michigan will grow to over 3800!

According to the Mackinaw Center, advocates and opponents of the 25-percent mandate disagree over how many turbines will be needed. Michigan currently has 292 wind turbines in operation with another 240 expected to be online by 2014.

To meet the 25-percent mandate, estimates range from 2,300 to 3,790 more turbines will be needed.

CARE for Michigan issued this press release to address ads on TV that are misleading and insinuate blatantly false statements.  Consider how inefficient wind energy is and how the landscape of our beautiful state will be affected if this proposal passes.

Please Vote No on Proposal 3.

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