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Largest solar farm to date proposed

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board is reviewing the county’s largest proposed solar farm project to date.

Planning Director Scott Henze alluded to the town of Perth project during his activities report delivered at the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee meeting Monday at the County Office Building.

Henze said he began reviewing SunEast Limestone Solar’s special use permit application for a solar farm project along Bishop Road in the town of Perth.

“This a 20-megawatt facility, which is by far the largest in the county so far,” Henze said.

He said the proposed solar farm would be on a 392-acre site and have its own substation. He said the Perth project was one of 21 large-scale solar projects that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in March. He said the project would involve working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

“We’re trying to get a handle on this process in particular,’ Henze said. “They just started, but we’ll see what plays out.”

Henze said additional information has been requested from the applicant, and the state Environmental Quality Review Process was initiated by the Perth Town Planning Board.

Elsewhere in Henze’s activities report:

∫ The Mayfield Town Planning Board heard a recent presentation from a “host compliance company” that assists municipalities in monitoring short-term rental activity, Henze said. Such rentals include airbnbs, he said.

∫ Henze said his office is currently preparing for turnover of the county sewer collection and pumping system to the village of Broadalbin related to Fulton County Sewer District No. 2 in Vail Mills. He said he was packaging materials such as as-built drawings, an operation and maintenance manual, and copies of all property owner lease agreements.

He said the planning department is also coordinating with the state Department of Transportation regarding the county’s current use and occupance permit that permits the county to utilize state land for operation of the Tourist Information Center, FJ&G Rail Trail, and sewer collection and pumping system.

∫ The ongoing historic Fulton County Courthouse renovation project in Johnstown was addressed.

“It’s coming along very nicely,” Henze said. “That project should be wrapped up in a week or so.”

He said cupula painting was complete and the cupula roof fastened. Drip edge installation was completed. Mortar samples were approved and brick work and repainting has begun on the entryway. Windows have received their first coat of paint and PCC Contracting is working on the second to complete the painting.

∫ Henze reported the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council recently received and approved a request for an amendment to a $10,000 grant awarded to the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation for a fall trout stocking effort. The federation indicated that due to low water levels, the typical trout stocking locations are not available. The federation requested the $10,000 grant be utilized to stock walleye instead.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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