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Polk Township meeting set for solar development plan

Published October 01. 2011 09:01AM

After lengthy discussion and a suggestion by supervisor chairman Brian K. Ahner, the Polk Township board moved to hold a special meeting Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. on a proposed Solar Nation Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan-Commercial Solar Plan, to be built on lands owned by Robert and Donna Coleman.

Issues will include concerns about decommissioning, the boundary line and related screening requirements, height of fence, storm drainage and underground lines.

The plan for the two-phase project, to include over 4,000 solar panel modules, is currently being reviewed by the Monroe County Conservation District and also has involvement from township staff as well as neighboring property owners Joseph and Carol Heppa and their respective legal advisors.

In other property matters, the supervisors approved a time extension for the Vernon L. Frable minor subdivision plan to Jan. 24, 2012 and agreed to sign the already approved Keith Brown minor subdivision plan once a letter from the utility verifying post-moving costs as presented by a spokesperson at the meeting is received.

The trio agreed 3-0 as well to decline to review the minor subdivision of Neal B. and Shirley A. Murphy minor subdivision since only an insignificant portion lies in Polk Township and nothing is being built on it.

Today, the township is having a clean-up day for those who are township solid waste permit holders. Certain fees may apply, such as $5 for disposing of a television.

Also reported was that private development street signs must be purchased for approximately $35 and that the posts, etc., are available through the township at a total cost of $45.

The township is replacing street signs and still cleaning up wind damage from Hurricane Irene. The clean-up has cost $400.

It was also reported that flooding in the Lower Middle Creek culvert has impacted the hoped-for work schedule. The Lower Middle Creek bridge and the Dotter's Corner culvert were also affected by "too much rain."

The Volunteer Fire Company has served the community and neighboring townships with 43 calls during the past month, making 164 to date. Safety Day will be celebrated from noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 9.

The zoning officer reported that he had processed 25 permits, totaling 188 this year and that he's done 19 inspections for the report month and 146 this year. He has also handled four complaints, totaling 39 this year.

There is one case on the agenda for the zoning hearing board.

The weight limit for Carney Road will be presented at the next meeting and it was decided to keep "the status quo" for the Polk Township Sign ordinances, as recommended by the planning commission.

At the next regular township meeting, a resolution for new street names will be discussed as well as the need to update a development agreement and an Earned Income Tax Collection ordinance.

In regard to a sewer problem on Long Mountain Road, the board was advised that remedies are in the works.

The township will continue to review power suppliers and rates, all in an effort to make the township's usage cost efficient.

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