TRURO – Placards, banners, hand clapping or whistling from the public gallery will all be banned during next week’s second reading of Colchester County’s revised wind turbine bylaw.
Council has agreed to implement special rules to deal with what is expected to be a large public turnout at the second and final reading of the turbine bylaw on Wednesday night, because of past disturbances when the issue has been discussed.
The new bylaw has met with some public opposition because it does not provide as much setback distance for industrial turbine installation as some residents would like. Previous discussions at the council meetings have drawn large, standing-room-only crowds of vocal, hand-clapping people, some of whom displayed placards and banners stating their positions.
At the last session, police were called to deal with an unruly citizen who was ejected from the meeting after he asked a councillor to “step outside.”
The new bylaw provides a setback distance of one kilometer from the nearest residence but some people have been calling for a setback of two kilometres.
Under the guidelines being imposed for next week’s meeting, any interruptions of the proceedings by holding placards or banners, clapping, whistling or by any other means could result in an offender being removed from council chambers.
Each individual who wishes to address council will be given a maximum of three minutes to speak, after which they will be “advised to discontinue.”