EUREKA - In one of its last actions before new members are seated, the Woodford County Board will have the opportunity to take action to complete the process of SolAmerica’s request for a special use permit to build a solar farm on the southwest side of town.
At its Oct. 16 meeting, members chose not to make a motion on the matter. However, according to State’s Attorney Greg Minger, the process cannot end that way, so the issue will be back on the board’s Nov. 20 agenda.
“The board needs to decide something on it,” Minger said. “A ‘no decision’ does not do anything for the special use process. After having a bit of time to review an instance as we had in October of not even moving to approve the item on the agenda, I believe the item still needs to be acted on.”
This particular solar farm has been a controversial one with several board members saying openly they empathize with the residents who live near the site and oppose it, along with local officials. Most of the objections to the solar farm have been about its location near a residential area, along with the aesthetics and effect on property values they say that could potentially bring.
See article on Nov. 15 Woodford County Journal newsstands