One of the hot button issues in the Municipality of Meaford reared its head during the first council meeting of 2020.
Three members of the group Save Georgian Bay spoke during Monday nights council meeting in Meaford, each individual calling on the council to speak out against the proposed pumped storage facility being planned by TC Energy.
The facility would be built on the Meaford base, federal lands owned by the Department of National Defence.
Council has little to no say on what DND does with their property, leaving the decision ultimately up to DND.
The theme across all three speakers was the hope to gain councils support in speaking out against the project to DND.
Comments like "we need you as leaders in this wonderful community to step up to the plate," were directed at the council by one concerned woman.
Criticisms of statements made by TC Energy were also made by Andrew Dinsmore who spoke about the upcoming open house on Thursday, January 16th.
"They are greasing palms all over the place, apparently for Thursday night they are welcoming people to come to the Meaford Community Centre where they will meet fine friends and be served good food," Dinsmore says. "What is really going on here?"
Council has aimed to remain mostly neutral in their opinions on the subject, hearing concerns but waiting for more information from TC Energy.
In the month since the last open house the Save Georgian Bay group has risen to more than 900 followers on Facebook and a petition on Change.org with over 18,500 signatures.
However, it is unclear how many of these signatures are that of Meaford residents or even Canadian citizens.
Save Georgian Bay has been vocal against the proposed pumped storage facility but has also been criticized by TC Energy after the company was not allowed to speak at an October open house put on by Save Georgian Bay protesting the project.
The group is expected to have a presence at the TC Energy open house on Thursday, January 16th.