Community Solar Balloon Test Time in Blooming Grove/VSBG Election Heats Up
By Edie Johnson
It’s time to test the visual impacts of several community solar projects that are proposed in the Town of Blooming Grove. Residents interested in possible visual impacts should scout the area of Round Hill Rd and Route 208 on February 24 at 10 AM where There will be two (2) different color balloons – one (1) RED balloon at twelve (12) feet high and one YELLOW balloon at thirty (30) feet high for the Cypress Creek Visual Impact Test.
So far there are 4 projects entering the community solar planning pipeline in Blooming Grove. They are located at 1- Rena Marie Circle, 2 – Round Hill Rd., 3 – Trestle Tree Lane bordering Route 17/Quickway, and 4 – Woodcock Mountain Rd. Last month’s public hearing for the Rena Marie project brought a room full of residents who were concerned about possible drainage run-off.
The Town Planning Board will also meet on February 28 for a Pre-Submission Conference on the 20 Trestle Tree Lane solar project proposed by GSPP Hoffman, LLC , and also for a conference on a large scale solar project proposed for 67 Woodcock Mountain Road by Clean Energy Collective, LLC. These are both 2 Mega Watt solar systems.
Community Solar projects offers a discount (usually 10%) to anyone who signs up to have a particular electric supplier. Residents who live nearby receive first choice during the early months of the installation.
VILLAGE OF SOUTH BLOOMING GROVE ELECTION HEATS UP
Petition signatures have been turned in for the Village’s Mayoral Election that will be filled by both a mayor for the next 2 years and several trustee positions that were vacated due to former Mayor Rob Jeroloman’s step up as Supervisor, and several trustees who retired and were replaced by temporary appointments.
The mayoral election is a heated one between Jim LoFranco, to keep the seat he was appointed to after November’s election, and Kevin Hudson, a former mayor of Washingtonville who is making a second attempt to reenter politics after losing a bid for an Assembly seat.
Village and town residents who have become “election savvy” in recent years due to a spate of blockbusting are carefully examining the legitimacy of all candidates’ petition signatures and qualification as to residency requirements.
Stay tuned for more breaking news on our website at ocpostny.com on this quickly developing story.