Local Government

Public hearing set for proposed solar farm

Jake Shane1|
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 15, 2019 7:10 am

QUINCY -- A public hearing is set next week for the proposed construction of a 1.5-megawatt solar farm on land south of Quincy.

A public meeting notice said SolAmerica Energy of Atlanta is leasing all or portions of three parcels totaling 36.5 acres near 1700 Turtle Lake Road owned by the J.M. Huber Corp.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 23 at the County Board Room of the Adams County Courthouse, 507 Vermont.

County Board member Les Post, R-6, who is chairman of the Transportation, Building and Technology Committee, said the meeting is an opportunity for the public and County Board members to learn more about the project.

Post told the Adams County Board on Tuesday the committee is slated to meet after the hearing to make a recommendation to the full County Board on the company's application.

Hearings are required as part of a solar farm ordinance approved by the County Board earlier this year in anticipation of solar farm development.

"I know in my area there has been a lot of landowners approached in the past year or so from various companies," Post said. "Nothing has come from it yet, but it kind of brought it to our mind that we needed to be proactive and be prepared for someone to apply and now we're at that point," Post said.

In other business, the County Board approved 15 change orders for the new Adams County Jail costing $49,963.

County Board member Mark Peter, R-5, chairman of the Jail Exploratory Committee, said there is a chance the county could recoup some of the costs.

"We'll have a sit-down with our design people and request some reimbursement on some of these items," Peter said. "Some require different doors than what was originally intended because different elevations of where the building was."

Peter also said the committee reviewed the connectivity work in the new jail, which is separate from the general construction. The work is expected to cost $19,010, with the County Board expected to consider it next month.

"These items need to match up with the equipment we've already got," he said. "It's so the two buildings work well together."

Peter said construction is slated for completion in late November.

The County Board also approved a budget appropriation of $2.5 million for the tax anticipation loan it agreed to take out during a special meeting May 1.

An ordinance that would eliminate mileage reimbursement for County Board members unless they travel outside the county for business also was approved.