WATERLOO — A local law to provide some regulation of large-scale solar farms is up for a vote by the Town Board Monday night.
Local Law 1 of 2019 was proposed earlier this year and would add a new chapter with these provisions to the town code:
• Solar developers would be required to post a performance bond for 20 years to assure that the project isn’t abandoned after 10 or 15 years. The bond would have to be renewed after 15 years.
• Solar facilities could only be installed on non-prime farmland with marginal soil quality.
A company called NextEra Energy Resources is said to be interested in buying 125 to 500 acres in the Packwood, Serven, Border City and Pre-Emption road area in the west end of town. It wants to install hundreds of solar panels to produce electricity to add to the power grid.
The board will first consider a motion designating itself as the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process for the local law.
It will then consider approving a resolution determining that adoption of the local law will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. That would be followed by a vote to approve the local law.
In other agenda items, the board:
• CLERK — Will consider a motion to hire Kelly Passalacqua as part-time account clerk, effective Tuesday. She would replace Lisa Hochadel.
• VILLAGE — Will hear from Supervisor Don Trout, who said he will talk about his desire to continue a good working relationship with the village on common issues such as water and sewer service and equipment sharing.
The village elected a new mayor March 19, choosing Jack O’Connor to replace 12-year incumbent Mayor Ted Young.
“We’ve had a good relationship with the village and I’m hoping that will continue under the new mayor. I hope to schedule a meeting with the new mayor soon to talk about common issues,’’ Trout said.