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Alfred Town Talk: Highlights From the July 8th, Alfred Town Board Meeting

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Solar (again), Walking Trail, and Cannabis

From Dan Acton, Town Supervisor

As it was during the last town board meeting, most of the monthly meeting was taken up with the proposed solar project at 5568 Jericho Hill Road. Representatives of Delaware River Solar and their engineers attended the meeting to present their revised application and SEQR forms for this project. The board resolved their intention to become lead agency for the SEQR but did not accept the revised application in that it lacked a visual impact assessment. In addition, our engineers LaBella had not reviewed the document. We expect the engineer’s review and visual assessment to be completed by the August board meeting. There will be a public hearing on the project after the application has been accepted.

Tim Heckman from Alfred University presented plans for a walking trail at the Jericho Hill fields. This is funded by the Ralph Wilson Foundation and will be open to the public. It will be approximately 1,200 feet in length connecting two sides of the existing cross-country track. The zoning application, site plan, and SEQR forms will be forwarded to the Code Enforcement Officer who will decide on the permit.

The recently enacted Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act was brought forward for discussion as to timeliness for action. Towns can opt out of permitting retail sales or, they can permit retail sales but prohibit lounges for the use of marijuana. Any action on this must be completed by December 31 of this year. A discussion ensued which included the impact on total use resulting for local sales, the effect on local policing, safety, and tax revenue. It was decided to encourage input from the community and take a closer look at this at the next meeting.

Complete minutes at townofalfred.com

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