Wind Turbines on the Ballot,
NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | BRIAN CABELL | Word on the Street
LOOKS LIKE WIND turbines will be on the ballot in L’Anse Township next spring.
The township clerk Monday evening certified 410 signatures on a petition to put the controversial issue on the ballot. The anti-turbine citizens group, Friends of the Huron Mountains, says they needed only about 115 signatures to get certified.
Friends’ president Burt Mason expects township residents to vote on the issue in May.
The referendum, if passed, would overturn a recent Township ordinance that allows the installation of wind turbines on commercial forest land in L’Anse Township. Renewable Energy Systems is proposing to install 49 turbines on the forest land but they’ve run into vehement opposition.
Opponents claim the turbines would adversely affect the economy, home values, and tourism in the community. Supporters, on the other hand, believe the investment in turbines would be a boost for the economy.
It seems the voters will now have the final say.