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Wilson Times (Newspaper) - June 3, 2015, Wilson, North Carolina
Jim 2015 2ameeting commissioners have questions continued from Page 1a ment to his property but he was concerned about the future. A they have made another drawing with an easement on it a Geoff said. A my concern a and i know the land own ers they Are really Nice people. But the solar company is a business to make Money. I would just feel safer if something were in writing. If something happened then my kids have any Access to this property without something on Stephen Beaman county attorney told commissioners that if they decide to approve any property for solar farms they can add conditions to their approval such As to put in writing the easement Geoff was speaking of. 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Geoff you do understand that you Are bringing that to our attention but at the same time it is your responsibility As the property owner to work with or see the Resolution with the adjacent property owner to do that a Boyette said. A your Board can to do property value questions Renee and tim Little who also live close to the proposed farm said they have other concerns. Renee Little said she has been talking with an executive at Esa renewable. A we still have the same views As the last time being As it is right beside us a Renee Little said. A i am very concerned about the property value going Down. I a googled it and they did find that property values do go Down by 30 percent when a neighbourhood has a solar panel farm nearby. And we re not talking 20 Miles Down the Road. This will be 20 feet from my Back Little could not say which source the article originated Randy Faircloth tax administrator for Wilson county could not say if the solar panels affected the value of property. Wilson county is currently going through the revaluation of All county properties. A to my knowledge we have not had any sales adjacent to those properties Quot Faircloth said. Tim Little told commissioners that they Are the Only landowners who will live next to the solar site. He said other landowners live in other cities. A so for the next 20 years we have to look at it every time we walk Little said she and her husband have taken the time to visit other Sites to see what the Upkeep was like and she said it did no to look Good. A it is not unkept like they said it would be the Trees that Are supposed to be covering it up Are All dead it is just an eyesore a she said. A i really done to want this beside my solar company responds Craig Livingston representative of Fra renewable said they Are not the solar company that the Littles saw in another part of the county. He told commissioners that his company is goal is to be Good neighbors and have Sites that Are pleasing to the Eye. Livingston said they will abide by All of the Buffer and setbacks the county requires and will landscape the property. Solar companies said they Are putting up 6-foot Chain link fences and greenery to cover the panels. They added it would take up to three years for the shrubs or Trees to grow in a place to hide the panels. A there wont be panels to be seen whatsoever a Livingston said. A we Are going to maintain the panels and the landscaping. We generally hire local contractors for the landscaping. We buy materials locally. We want to Benefit the county for the jobs we Livingston said the panels make no sound and there Are no lights and does not affect traffic schools police or fire departments. Livingston said he has not found any evidence in any place where property values went Down because of solar farms. The contracts Are for 20 years and after that they Are responsible for taking the solar farm apart Livingston said. Hill asked Livingston about the farms they have moved. Livingston told them they have Only been in business since 2002 and Haven to had the occasion to move one yet. Commissioner Bill Blackman asked if the land was any Good for farming after the 20 years were up. A we leave the landscaping if they like a Livingston answered. A if they want the Fence they can keep the Fence or we can return it Hack to the original Livingston said after the panels Are pulled up it Only takes one rain for the ground to go Back together again. Commissioners have More questions Hill asked Beaman if there were More facts that commissioners needed. A should we do our own research to make sure that it wont negatively Impact multiple Home values As far As Valutas go Quot Hill asked. Blackman said in his opinion there Are still a lot of unanswered questions about solar farms and he still has a lot of doubt about the role solar companies will play. Hill then made a motion to put the vote on hold until commissioners could do research to see if solar farms declined the value of property. A i think we should table this until we can get further information a Hill said. Boyette said that he Wasny to sure that any commissioner would say they like solar farms. A but we re sitting up Here in effect As a quasi judicial body and we can Only act based on factual information we be been Given a Boyette said. A not opinions. Opinions Are important to All of us. But the decision that we make has to be based on Boyette said commissioners tried to get the facts from neighbors and the company who presents the solar farms. A if we pursue doing this kind of research obviously it will be specific to certain locations general research would not apply a Boyette pointed out. He said with All of the solar companies coming for special use permits there would not be facts to support each Case. A i want to see us do the right thing a everybody Here does Quot Boyette said. A i done to believe that not listening to the facts presented to us tonight would he doing the right thing. I think that is what the property owner expects us to Boyette said commissioners have to Rule based on what their ordinances specify. Hill said he just did no to want to vote not feeling fully educated and did no to see what the Rush is to push the vote and projects through. A i done to feel comfortable voting when i done to have All of the facts a Hill said. Boyette reiterated that the circumstances for the solar farm in front of them May he different than the other solar farms that will come before them later. Beamon said they had three choices by ordinance to vote for the special use vote for the special use with conditions or vote against the special use permit. Commissioners Blackman and Hill voted against it. Commissioners 1�?~slie Atkinson chairman Thomas Lucas and Boyette voted for the special use permit. Commissioners Roger Lucas and Bobbie Jones did no to attend. The proposed solar farm located at 631.3 St. Rose Church h Road was not voted on because commissioners did t feel residents got enough notice with the Holiday occurring before the meeting. Neighbors of that property objected to the fact that people who live across the Street from the solar farm did not get notice of the Public hearing. There Are More Public hearings scheduled for july a meeting. Other topics commissioners did vote on an ordinance for the abandonment of solar farms. A it is the responsibility of the system owner to remove All obsolete or unused systems within i to Days of creation of operation. All components Are to he recycled whenever commissioners also voted to construct a Shell building at Wilson corporate Park. Sheriff Calvin Woodard presented the contract to commissioners for deputies to continue policing Elm City. Dirt i Wilvor Ntim srom us 7847 gun Bill still would end sheriff pistol permit system Raleigh a a reworked gun Bill in the North Carolina House would eliminate the state s longstanding pistol permit application system in six years rather than three and place new limits upon sheriffs who Issue or deny those permits in the House rules committee rolled out tuesday the amended version the panel planned to consider wednesday. The measure largely still focuses on easing gun regulations especially for people allowed to carry concealed weapons. The committee cancelled a meeting on the Bill last month As the North Carolina sheriffs association and gun control groups opposed the repeal of pistol permitting in 2018. Now the repeal would come in 2021. The new version was released the same Day pro regulation North Carolina moms demand action and gun rights group grass roots North Carolina lobbied legislators. The associated press
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