Solar ordinance debate to resume

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

Vance County Commissioners will meet Monday night and are likely to take action on a solar farm zoning ordinance amendment that has been researched, discussed and endorsed since January’s board meeting.

Commissioners took no action a month ago after several board members voiced concern with maintaining the rural landscape of Vance County and residual value of solar farms.

Jordan McMillen, Vance County planning director, will present the amended ordinance, which adds provisions to regulate and allow solar farms within the county.

Since January, chairman Tommy Hester has worked tirelessly to provide fellow commissioners with more knowledge on solar farms, their economic impact on Vance County and development procedures.

Currently, HelioSage Energy, a solar project development firm in Charlottesville, Va., has shown interest in placing solar farms in Vance and Granville counties, and an application for the establishment of a solar farm in Vance County is pending with Carolina Solar Energy, the southeast’s leading provider of commercial photovoltaic solar systems.

Other matters of importance presented to the commissioners Monday night will include a proposal for the hiring of a solid waste manager/environmental program director in Vance County.

Terri Hedrick, chairperson of the Vance County Appearance Commission, is expected to ask the board to consider the request, stating the positive impact the new position could have on the county.

Vance County is the only county in the surrounding four-county area that does not have a solid waste manager or environmental program director.

During the commissioner’s annual planning retreat, Kevin Brown, Information Technology specialist for Vance County, presented commissioners with options for new personalized technology outlets.

Monday night he will present Windows 8 Tablets, which he believes will be most compatible with the county’s current software and applications.

The water district board will make three requests of approval, one concerning tank piping modifications, the second involving vault piping modifications and the third related to additional design and inspection fees.

Both the human resources committee and the public safety committee will provide reports and recommendations to the board.

Jerry Ayscue, county manager will present a report that includes three motions for approval, two motions for the adoption of given recommendations and a recommendation for the amendment of a current lease agreement with the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments.

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