Lumberland adopts solar farm moratorium

DAVID HULSE
Posted 9/26/18

GLEN SPEY, NY — Following a September 12 public hearing the Lumberland Town Board adopted a six-month moratorium on permitting or construction of solar array farms. Public Law #2 of 2018 was …

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GLEN SPEY, NY — Following a September 12 public hearing the Lumberland Town Board adopted a six-month moratorium on permitting or construction of solar array farms.

Public Law #2 of 2018 was said to be a stop-gap covering the period of an ongoing review of current guidelines and possible revisions to the town’s existing zoning law. The law was adopted by a unanimous 4-0 vote. Councilman Joe Carr did not attend the meeting. Highland and Forestburgh have recently adopted similar moratoriums.

That zoning review is expected to be completed prior to the March expiration of the moratorium. The board emphasized that the moratorium does not impact individual homeowners’ installation of residential solar-power equipment.

The board also noted Upper Delaware Council correspondence reporting that Lumberland had received $133,289 in UDC member grants since the council’s formation in 1988.

To audience applause, Lumberland’s grants coordinator Frank Schwarz added that the figure was $60,000 to $70,000 higher than any other participating municipality.

The town also accepted a land donation of .24 acres along Caskey Road from Michael and Ereneo Matulac. The small lot, assessed at $600 value, was a remnant left after the sale of a larger lot.

Most audience comment came from people looking for Eldred Central School District tax bills, for which the town has no responsibility. The problem reportedly involved the district’s bill provider, who has since reproduced and mailed the bills.

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