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Alfred Town Talk: More Marijuana, More Solar, and Carpeting


By Dan Acton, Town of Alfred Supervisor

We opened the evening with a public hearing on the Town law to opt out of on-site sales of marijuana; no community members zoomed in to speak about the law. The law which passed, takes effect in 2022 and will allow retail sales of marijuana in the Town of Alfred and prohibit on-site consumption of same. 

About half of the meeting was spent on the proposed solar project at 5568 Jericho Hill, County Road 12, know as NY Alfred I, LLC. Our planning board and town board was unsatisfied with the developers plan as to storm water management. Our concern centered on runoff from solar panels and the project access road. After a lengthy discussion and on the recommendation of our legal, engineering, and solar consultants, we agreed to a 30-day extension for a decision on SEQR and the Special Use Permit. This will allow the developer and our consultants to modify the plan to resolve this issue.

The board approved the site plan for a small solar project located at the intersection of Randolph and Lake Roads. This is known as Alfred Community Solar. This project can move ahead and apply for a building permit.

In other business the board approved spending approximately $1,900 to carpet the board room. The objective here is to reduce echoing so that community members who zoom to our meetings will experience better audio. These funds will come out of our federal covid money.

In response to a question about the proposed sidewalk it was noted that DOT does not want trees planted in the grass area of this project. We are still waiting for DOT to acquire permanent easements for storm drains and for our engineers to complete their recommendations for streetlights.

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