Save Reading took what we thought was a well-deserved hiatus. Why?
Because in May of 2011, the Reading Township board passed a fair, well-researched and enforceable amendment to the wind energy ordinance. We thought that the township had come upon a solution that would work for everyone — those with leases for wind turbines, those who will live near the turbines, those whose property surrounds the lakes, and everyone else in the township. We naively believed that the needs of a large energy company — the largest in the United States — would not be placed before the needs of the taxpayers of Reading Township.
Turns out we were wrong.
Here’s what’s happening now:
Duke Energy has approached the Reading Township board and demanded that the ordinance be amended once again to make it more favorable to placement of their wind turbines.
They are requesting 45 dB for the entire overlay area.
They want to measure sound from the dwelling, not the property line.
They to measure sound as an average, not a maximum.
Duke is packing the house for each township meeting not only with township leaseholders and other supporters, but also with their supporters from surrounding townships.
This time last year, we routinely had dozens of people attending meetings. After the passing of the buffer zone, our attendance dropped off.
Duke waited until winter, when many of us aren’t as engaged, to start trying to outplay us at our own game. They are very good at this, having done this in many other similar communities around the nation. They are large, they are powerful and they have nearly unlimited resources.
We can not let them bully our township board into rewriting a local law to benefit them and their shareholders.
It’s time for us to re-engage. It’s time for us to start packing the house again. It’s time for us to spring back into action.
Please go to the next several meetings. Bring a friend or neighbor if you can. Please make these a priority. See for yourself what is happening in your community.
The Township Board’s next two meetings are March 12 and April 9. The Planning Commission’s next two meetings are March 26 and April 16. All meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall.
Stay tuned for more.