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Wheatfield decides it doesn't need to extend solar moratorium

WHEATFIELD - The Town Board held a public hearing Monday on a three-month extension of its moratorium on ground-based solar panels, but upon further review, found the extension wasn't needed and didn't bother to vote on it.

Town Attorney Matthew E. Brooks said the board passed the original six-month moratorium May 16, but it didn't become effective until it was filed in the New York Secretary of State's Office in Albany. Although the town mailed it promptly, the Secretary of State didn't file the law until Aug. 4. That means the original law doesn't expire until Feb. 4.

Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said by that time, the board probably will have acted on a permanent law regulating the placement of solar panels, including large "solar farms," on the ground. The law won't affect solar panels on rooftops.

Cliffe said a final draft of the law is in hand. After it passes through two citizens' committees, it could be voted upon by the board in November or December.


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