Thunder Bay City Council has voted to support the settlement with Horizon Wind. Mayor Keith Hobbs asked to have the vote deferred but the motion was lost, he had a number of questions he wanted administration to answer. Councillor Iain Angus says too much money is at risk to not support the settlement. Councillor Andrew Foulds says if the City had to pay for the 126 million dollar lawsuit it would mean they would be unable to pay for any road work for several years. Hobbs voted against the settlement as did Neebing Councillor Linda Rydholm.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thunder Bay City Council got an earful Monday night on the Horizon Wind settlement. Lorella Piirik says the city will lose out if the settlement goes through. Piirik notes the cost to decommission the turbines will cost more than what's set out in the settlement. Piirik adds the city should not give up it's Loch Lomond road allowance. Several people protested outside of City hall last night and stayed for the regular meeting. Seven deputants spoke out against the proposed settlement.
Thunder Bay City Council is moving ahead with a truck traffic study on Dawson Road. McIntyre Ward Councillor Trevor Giertuga introduced the idea and says it's all about safety. The study will look at the feasibility of diverting transports to the new Shabaqua Highway by limiting the weight and speed limits on Dawson Road.
Thunder Bay City Council isn't going to let the Federal Election stop them from holding their Monday night meeting. Council was considering moving their meeting to Tuesday May 3rd to accomodate election night but most of council voted against the move.
The Lakehead Public School Board continues to work on it's budget. Deputations from support staff, teachers and a variety of education professionals will be heard tonight at their monthly meeting. Budget Meeting Chair George Saarinen says there's even a section on their website where you can have your say. The board has yet to hear what their funding levels will be for the upcoming school year.
The Catholic School board is praising the custodian crew at St Ignatius High School. Executive Director John De Faveri says a man broke into the school and went on a mini rampage Saturday night. Around 8 to 10 thousand dollars in damages were handed out, but workers quickly cleaned up yesterday and everything is business as usually.
The snow also caused some outages across the city. Thunder Bay Hydro officials say around 400 customers were without power yesterday night in the North Downtown as well as sporadic outages across the city. Heavy wet snow sticking to power lines and trees combined with some wind is being blamed for the outages.
When you look outside this morning you might feel like you went back in time overnight. We are back into a winter wonderland. Around 3 centimetres of snow is covering the area and a couple more centimetres could fall this morning before changing to scattered rain showers. The snow won't last with highs later this week reaching past the double digits on the plus side.