On Tuesday, the Reading Township Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit for James and Justine Galloway to erect a 195″ meteorological tower.

If you weren’t able to attend the meeting the following videos document what took place.

1) The meeting began. The site plan was reviewed, the chairman indicated that the permit was the first step in development of a wind farm.  Carrie Ziets, an attorney representing the Galloway’s from Traverse City, explains why she believes the permit should be granted, notwithstanding the fact that our ordinance doesn’t provide for a conditional use permit to erect a meteorological tower.

2) Public comments, in favor and opposed. At 8:17 in the video Greg Green, former chairman of our Planning Commission explains why the requested permit must be rejected. Comments from both sides become emotional.

3) Comments continue.  Chair attempts to get meeting under control.  Commissioners make comments.  At 3:58 in the video Commission Secretary Leslie Tonnies explains why the permit shouldn’t be issued as requested and further suggests what could easily be done in order for the Galloway’s to erect the tower.

4) The Commissioners discuss their views on the permit

5) The Commissioners vote to approve the permit, 3 for and 1 opposed.

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The Hillsdale Daily News had a recent column extolling the benefits of Hydro power in Michigan

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All is not well in Garden, Michigan

Upper Peninsula wind farm sued over impacts on neighbors.

How would you like to have to endure the shadow flicker that is shown in this video from Garden MI. uploaded by Meghan Jean Kelly?

Flickering in my grandparents family room from turbine G9 and they get the same thing from G10 in the morning. This is happening way to often and very annoying!!!

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A Tale of two meetings

Here’s a video news report from The Mackinac Center For Public Policy that reports on 2 meetings dealing with wind energy in Michigan that were held in Lansing last week, one hosted by AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) and the other by IICC (Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition).  See  which group is transparent and which excludes the press.  What are they trying to hide?

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Here’s an article in today’s Detroit News about the Wind Revolt in Huron County, MI

Wind power sets off revolt in Michigan’s Thumb

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This is a great article by Jack Spencer, Capitol Affairs Specialist from The Mackinac Center For Public Policy.

Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored

http://www.mackinac.org/20933

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Here’s an update from Kevon Martis, Director of Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (iiccusa.org). Take the time to follow the links in the article which provide some extremely informative information.

Dear friends and supporters:

We did it! I cannot thank you all enough for participating in our AWEA rally and IICC Energy Summit!

It was a huge success and is attracting national attention.

We had more than 30 people attend our seminar and nearly 25 were at the picket.

People traveled from Delta County in the UP (Thanks for making such a long trip!) as well as Sherman Township (Missaukee County? Oceana?), Huron, Clinton, Mason, Lenawee, Wayne, Sanilac, Benzie, Lenawee as well as folks from Central Ohio and Indiana!

We accomplished many things: we networked, we cried a little bit (sorry!), we ate, we protested and we educated-all from inside the same building that was hosting the American Wind Energy Association event.

I will not say more about the event but will say that we will likely plan another energy event in Lansing very soon!

Please take the time to check out all our amazing press coverage and post the links everywhere you can. AWEA is in damage control mode and the more we pass this around the more good we do for our cause!

Press coverage:

First time ever on the Frank Beckmann Show on WJR in Detroit:http://www.cumulusdetroit.com/audio/audio_013301.mp3

Full print article and MUST SEE video coverage of our event by CapCon. This will make you smile:http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20932

Read as AWEA’s Peter Kelley lies about IICC and our Ohio colleague Tom Stacy:http://statenews.com/article/2015/01/protest-takes-place-outside-kellogg-center

Nice coverage by Huron County Viewhttp://huroncountyview.mihomepaper.com/news/2015-01-22/Community/Protestors_picket_wind_convention.html

North American Windpower covers us:http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.13864

We will have video of all our speakers on YouTube ASAP.

We need to grow our email base. Please forward this message to sympathetic folks. If you want to receive these emails please send me an email at kevon@kevonmartis.com and I will add you name to our list!

Thanks to all of our presenters including Rep. Ray Franz, Cary Shineldecker, Steven Transeth, Cal Peters, Tom Stacy, and Valerie Brader.

What a great day!

Follow IICC on Twitter: @IICCinc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Interstate-Informed-Citizens-Coalition-Inc-IICC/200366763310823
My personal Facebook page (I post the latest articles here as well as my conservative political thought ;): https://www.facebook.com/orville.fontucus

Sincerely,

Kevon Martis
Director
www.iiccusa.org

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Attend the Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 27 and see how the members handle a request for a Conditional Use Permit for a meteorological tower on James Galloway’s property.

Even though our ordinance doesn’t provide for one of these towers as a permitted use (Sec. 4.02 of zoning ordinance), the board members, at their last meeting telegraphed their intention to approve the permit. In order to erect the tower the owner must comply with the provisions of the ordinance that regulates Large Scale Wind Energy Facilities and apply for a Conditional Use Permit for a Large Scale Wind Energy Facility under Section 13 which is a permitted Conditional Use.

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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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