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Eden puts moratorium on nonresidential solar power

Property owners who want to use solar power for commercial reasons must wait in the Town of Eden. 

The Town Board on Wednesday night approved a six-month moratorium on commercial solar power. Board members voted 4-0 on the local law, with Councilman Michael Byrnes absent. 

Businesses have asked officials about using solar electricity, said Supervisor Missy Hartman. Officials anticipate developing guidelines for commercial solar electricity.

“This will allow us time to put together a plan for solar power,” she said. 

The moratorium does not apply to residents who use solar electricity unless they plan to use it for a commercial purpose.  

Board members also adopted a local law to change the code enforcement officer’s residency requirement. 

Instead of forcing the officer to live in the Town of Eden, the law will mandate the official to reside in Erie County or an adjacent county.

The board also appointed Greg Genco to the Conservation Board.

During her supervisor’s report, Hartman announced that has ranked the town as the 15th safest in the state based on 2014 data. The website placed the town above all others in Western New York.