First an article appears early in the week about a new proposal for the abandoned rail line-the chinese want to use it to construct a hydro corridor to service their turbines. They make the statement that:
“It would be placed on the side of the rail line easement, which would not prevent any future rail use,” Hammond said. “It was actually a stipulation in the discussions.” http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/1292539--county-ponders-new-rail-land-proposal
Awfully good of them to be worried about maintaining the bed for rail.
Then a flier went out to all mailboxes in Melancthon. In my opinion, while it purported to be against wind turbines, it was thinly veiled disguise against opponents against the mega-quarry (either those who wouldn't sell out or have been very visible and vocal against the quarry). The flier spoke more about the mega quarry, specialty crop and opposing the mega quarry than it did about wind turbines.
Then this little article appears today:
The Town of Orangeville and the Highland Group of Companies are arranging a five-year extension of an agreement regarding sale of the town-owned Orangeville Brampton Railway to the company.
This is the little deal where Orangeville is paid $500,000 a year from Highlands for the option to purchase the rail bed located in Dufferin should the votes at County happen to fall in favour of Highlands. To date, Orangeville has received $2 million and over the next five years will received $2.5 million more.