Columbiana County Commissioners Hear Concerns Over Possible Solar Panels | News, Sports, Jobs
LISBON – Concerns over the possibility of at least 1,000 acres of solar panels in the Kensington and Summitville area prompted a resident to address Columbiana County Commissioners.
Henry Bergfeld wanted to know where the project was and if it was a “Agreement concluded”. He would later tell the commissioners that he is certain that if they have questioned the residents of the area, about 80 percent are opposed to the project.
Commissioner Tim Weigle said at this point the project was still under review by the Ohio Power Sitting Board and letters could be sent there regarding the concerns. While the project is partially protected, implying whether the application was completed by the October deadline, both Commissioner Mike Halleck and Commissioner Roy Paparodis have indicated there are concerns.
For example, Halleck raised the possibility that the Canadian company interested in installing the solar panels may determine that Ohio is not receiving enough sunlight to be profitable. He highlighted concerns that the bond received from the company should be enough to remove these signs, which, if installed, could cover most of Franklin Township.
Weigle said he heard at least 1,000 acres of signs with a possible footprint for the 2,200-acre project.
“This will surround the small village of Summitville”, Bergfeld said, adding that the plans would have to place solar panels in front of his home, which not only would be something he wouldn’t want to look at, but could also affect the value of his property. Still, Bergfeld said one of the people responsible for bringing in the solar panels doesn’t even live on the property but lives about 20 miles away.
In other matters:
– The commissioners have authorized the DA’s office to contract with Pitney Bowes for a postage meter.
– Commissioners approved an additional $ 7,850 for the CERT trailer through the Emergency Management Agency, which will be paid by the American Rescue Plan Act to Soltis Electric for the electrical wiring.
– Commissioners approved contracts for the Columbiana County Department of Employment and Family Services with Lisa Argiro-Hetric, Senior Services Case Manager; Jennifer Wyatt, Senior Service Case Manager; Economy Pest Control, to provide extermination services to customers; and ShineOn LLC Cleaning Service, Companion Care, and Forever Family Home Health Care LLC, each of which provides household chore assistance, cleaning, or assistance to the elderly.
– County Treasurer Bryan Blakeman expressed concern to Commissioners that his office could be $ 25,000 for postage in 2022. He said there was no post for costs, which appear to have been derived from print and media in the past. This year he was able to shift expenses from other items to cover them. His office has moved to another IT department and has a new messaging service. One will cost $ 5,000 more than in the past and the other $ 1,000 more. Halleck suggested Blakeman return to Q4 2022 if he still has concerns about covering his office costs.
– Audrey Dimmerling of the County Ohio State University Extension Office reported to Commissioners on some of the programs the office has offered this year, including those for youth, agriculture and natural resources , the Rx generation for the elderly and renewable energy greening programs.