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West Carthage board moves forward on projects

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WEST CARTHAGE — The village will consider regulating residents’ use of solar panels.

Planning Board Chairman Ronald J. Blinebry told the village Board of Trustees on Monday that he had been approached about the installation of solar panels at a residence. As there is no ordinance in the village code on solar panels, the chairman suggested that regulations be drafted.

“It’s in the best interest of the village to look at regulation,” Mr. Blinebry said.

Mayor Scott M. Burto said he would look into the matter.

“We should work with him to lessen the impact on the neighbors,” the mayor said, referring to the applicant. “We can’t do anything to address this particular issue, since he already has an application.”

Mr. Blinebry said he was treating it as any other building application, requiring drawings with setbacks noted.

In other matters:

n Village attorney Lawrence D. Hasseler requested more time to create a definition of fixed-base and home-based antennas for a proposed law regulating ham radio towers. Meanwhile, a public hearing on instituting a moratorium on the construction of such antennas will resume during the Aug. 19 board meeting.

Mr. Burto said the intent of a 180-day moratorium would be to gain public input and consider regulation of the towers due to ham radio’s popularity.

n With no one speaking at the public hearing concerning the Community Development Block Grant application in conjunction with the village of Carthage and towns of Champion and Wilna, the application was approved.

The grant would go toward housing rehabilitation for low-income homeowners.

n The board approved moving forward with the planning for phase two of the South Main Street Trailhead project.

The board will seek grants to hire an engineering firm to plan for wetland delineations, environmental runoff, trail placement and other requirements.

n Jason Cole, Thomas Lazore and Jacob Allyn were approved at the probationary level of the West Carthage Fire Department.

n The board approved the paving of the 450-foot drill course at a cost of $7,900 at the firemen’s field on South Main Street.

n The village approved annual service contracts with the Wilna Champion Transportation Association in the amount of $5,500; West Carthage Volunteer Fire Department, $5,500; Carthage Free Library, $2,700; and Village Ecumenical Ministries Food Pantry, $2,000.

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