Planning Board should have let public comment on MET tower

Posted 25 April 2015 at 12:00 am


I am writing in relation the Orleans County Planning Board Meeting of April 23, 2015:

“About 30 members from Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group that has formed to oppose the project, attended the County Planning Board meeting, but weren’t allowed to address the board.”

“Planners said they were only looking at the MET tower and the not the overall turbine project.”

Unfortunately, it is true that 30 members from Save Ontario Shores (and each one a resident of the Town of Yates) were not allowed to address the board. These residents of the Town of Yates were present specifically to speak out against the need for a MET tower in the Town of Yates.

Had the Orleans County Planning Board simply asked the group why they were there, they would have quickly understood that it was the MET tower issue on which they wanted to speak.

But alas, the Orleans County Planning Board assumed incorrectly. Good governance is driven by facts … Failed governance is driven by assumption.

Wake up Orleans County Planning Board!!

John Riggi
Town of Yates

Riggi is president of Save Ontario Shores