Glenville approves two-year solar moratorium for its agricultural residential district – The Daily Gazette

GLENVILLE — The city of Glenville has declared a two-year moratorium on solar projects in its agricultural residential neighborhood.

Ahead of Wednesday’s vote by Glenville City Council, three townspeople spoke on the issue at a public hearing.

“I commend the city for putting in a two-year stay,” said Andy Tomko of Drott Drive. “I think it’s a smart and wise decision.”

Tomko said he’s not against solar power, but the city should look at what responsibility it’s taking with these projects and what happens to the solar cells used in the project when they go bad.

But Stephen Urbanski of Riverside Drive and Aaron Gruenberg of Vley Road were against the moratorium.

“I think electrification is the energy of the future,” Gruenberg said.

Urbanski was against the law because he said property owners should be able to determine what they want to do with their properties. However, he also said the city should ensure the sites are cleaned up once the solar farm is gone.

In a 4-to-1 vote in favor of the moratorium, board member Mike Godlewski was the one to vote against the measure. Godlewski said he was not against the law review, but said the city could review the law without a moratorium in place. He compared the moratorium to a no vacancy sign on a hotel.

“You see the sign that says there are no vacancies and you keep going to another hotel,” he said, adding that it’s the city’s responsibility to give people the opportunity to present their project.

Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the city isn’t against solar power, but has approved a large chunk of it — about 350 acres — and now is the time to step back and consider whether changes to the law are in order. required.

“It’s a measured stance for us to take,” he said.

Other board members echoed similar sentiments.

“We need to be careful and respectful when crafting the policy because it will be in place much longer than we’ll be sitting on this dais,” assistant supervisor Gina Wierzbowski said.

A meeting of the code review committee is tentatively scheduled for May 17, said board member Jim Martin, who is chair of that committee. Meetings are open to the public, Koetzle said.

Martin also said he doesn’t believe the moratorium will actually be in place for another two years, given the amount of research and other information published on solar.

While the moratorium is in place, the city will review other laws used by communities and review resources provided by the state Energy Research and Development Authority and the US Department of Agriculture and Markets. State.

The moratorium does not apply to the following previously approved projects: US Light Energy at 66 Freemans Bridge Road; Active Solar at 81 Freemans Bridge Road; Active Solar at Swaggertown Road East; and Active Solar at Swaggertown Road West.

While the moratorium is in place, the city will not accept any solar farm applications, in accordance with the law.

Journalist Shenandoah Brière can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at SB_DailyGazette.

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