Wainfleet, West Lincoln remain Unwilling Hosts following regional council vote
West Lincoln and Wainfleet will live to fight another day.
In a 16-11 vote, regional council will not reconsider a previous motion deeming the two rural communities as "Unwilling Hosts for Industrial Wind Turbines."
Although 16 councillors voted in favour of reconsidering, they did not have enough votes.
One by one, speakers pleaded their case against wind turbines in their backyard while turbine companies waited their turn to address council as to why there is an unwanted sign hanging over a couple of municipalities.
A handful of councillors also wanted to make it clear to companies investing in Niagara that the region itself, with 12 municipalities, does not reflect the decision by West Lincoln and Wainfleet to be designated unwilling hosts for turbines.
Mervin Croghan, Chairman/CEO of Niagara Region Wind Corp. addressed council with claims that mixed messages are being sent to the industry.
Croghan says when regional council voted in favour of the "Unwilling Host" tag to the two rural communities it sent the wrong message.
Regardless of Thursday night's vote, wind turbines will be built, but groups opposing the construction say they will fight to the bitter end to stop them.
Meanwhile regional councillor Debbie Zimmerman filed a notice of motion to name Niagara a willing host for wind turbines.