Commissioners, Cadence At Odds Over Landscaping

Commissioners, Cadence At Odds Over Landscaping

MARYSVILLE – When the Cadence Photo voltaic Venture is scheduled to start off construction in September of this year, what the web page will appear like from the highway or from encompassing houses remains up in the air subsequent a presentation from Invenergy (Cadence’s mother or father organization) this early morning to the Union County Board of Commissioners at their normal weekly assembly.

Adhering to a presentation from Invenergy’s Erin Saal, Senior Associate Renewable Advancement, the Commissioners had a lot to say about what form of fencing and landscaping will be shielding the solar farms from the county byways and adjacent households.

Pay attention to Ms. Saal small synopsis of the presentation she gave the Commission this early morning here:

But all three commissioners had their doubts about how the fencing and landscaping will coming into engage in as soon as the photo voltaic farms are in place. Even though Ms. Saal explained to all those in attendance this early morning that Invenergy is organizing on making use of treated-wood fencing and shrubbery, a photograph of a comparable web page that was issued to the Commissioners confirmed absolutely nothing of the form, rather depicting bare floor and a chain connection fence surrounding a big array of panels. Commissioner Robinson was significantly skeptical about the ground include that will be positioned beneath the solar panels and how that ground address would be preserved. We caught up with Commissioner Robinson right after the meeting:

The big hurdle the Commission need to triumph over in respects to imposing its will on how the photo voltaic panel farms ought to be safeguarded, fenced and landscaped is the Ohio Electrical power Siting Board, which also has a large say in the make any difference. It’s possible that the OPSB may well rule that chain-connection fences with barbed wire tops with out any landscaping or address may well be ample for protection causes surrounding solar farms, where by the Union County Fee would, judging by their reviews these days, would wholly disagree and do their utmost to toss roadblocks in the way really should it arrive down to that. Commissioner Dave Burke nervous aloud that the solar farms’ want for “security” could overtake the County’s insistence on aesthetics, foreshadowing what may develop into a three-way row involving the Commission (and its Union County constituents), the OPSB and Invenergy, with all three Commissioners leaning extremely closely to the side of shielding the solar farms from the roadways and encompassing homes with aesthetically pleasing fencing and substantial landscaping.

The Commission took no action on Invenergy’s report nowadays, but expressed its intention to do so in the in close proximity to foreseeable future and maintain its hand in it throughout the total course of action.

Also right now, the Fee gave consent for the county to enter in negotiations with GSP for the set up of somewhere around 3.2 miles of fiber from the Marysville metropolis restrictions alongside Condition Route 4 to the radio tower. County Administrator Bill Narducci mentioned that the county has worked with GSP in the previous and has been incredibly glad with their work and their bid met the prevailing wage provisions as required, prompting the Fee to give Mr. Narducci the green mild to enter into deal talks for the fiber line placement.

THE Fee also now accepted resolutions for California Hills Segment 13 functionality letter of credit history, annual labor and equipment premiums, reappointed Mr. Narducci to the Jerome Village neighborhood authority board of trustees and also appointed of Steve Stolte to the Jerome Village Group Authority Board of Trustees.

The Union County Fee will meet again in normal session Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers, 233 W. 6th St.