NORTH ATTLEBORO — Selectmen would like to make deciding on a solar farm one of their last officials acts.

The board expires July 1 when the new town charter takes effect. It replaces selectmen with a town manager as the chief executive of municipal government.

Selectmen Patrick Reynolds has been working with other town officials to develop a request for proposals from developers to create a solar farm on the closed landfill off Landry Avenue.

The board unanimously voted to approve the request Thursday and it will be posted for contractors to review Monday.

A timeline developed for evaluating the proposals calls for selectmen to decide whether to accept one by the end of June, just before the board’s expiration date.

Selectmen Chairman Michael Lennox said the town should find out through the proposals if it is feasible for the town to make money off a solar farm development at the old landfill.

Officials have expressed skepticism about the potential for profit because North Attleboro has a municipal electric department that purchases energy relatively inexpensively.

The low rates a solar developer would have to charge make its less likely it would be willing to pay a substantial lease fee for use of the landfill, they said.

Selectman Keith Lapointe said the idea of using the landfill for solar panels has been talked about by town officials for years. The responses to requests for proposals should answer whether it is worthwhile to pursue the matter, he said.

Lapointe, however, also said he believes it is unlikely selectmen will be able to meet the end of June deadline because the matter is complicated and will have to be decided by the new government that takes over July 1.



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