At a recent meeting in Berlin Township the subject of wind generators came up. A resident had been asking for permission to erect a wind generator and wanted to know what the rules and regulations were for such an installation.
What followed were a series of proposals for regulating as well as a fee schedule. Each regulation had a fee schedule and it soon became abundantly clear that the Township, without bad intention, was making it all the more difficult for the proposed wind generator to be erected.
After all, the main reason for erecting one of these "windmills" is to hopefully create a less expensive method of providing electricity for oneself. And rather than asking the homeowner "how can we help you?" the answer given was "let us show you how difficult and expensive we can make it for you."
The township supervisor even questioned the direction of the township board. And it is not with malice that this board makes its regulations. That is the way things are done, even in small government.
How much better would it have been if the township board had asked: "How can we help?"
Wouldn't it be better for all if this person interested in "green" technology was helped along the way by an understanding local government. Safety yes, but emptying the man's wallet only assures all that government is not there to serve, only to punish.