(This is an edited summary from Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski of business at the regular August meeting of the Hillsdale Town Board.)
HILLSDALE—Highway Department issues dominated the August 13 meeting. Supervisor Peter Cipkowski suggested that a committee, consisting of Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs and Climate Smart Committee Chair and Councilmember Tom Carty, review a request from Hillsdale businessman Steve Bluestein to lease town garage property for installation of solar panels on a 17.5-acre parcel on Old Town Road. The panels would support Mr. Bluestein’s Roe Jan Brewery, scheduled to open later this year.
At a previous town meeting, Mr. Bluestein asked about the feasibility of using extra land at the town’s wastewater treatment plant for the solar panels. But that was denied due to town plans to expand the wastewater treatment plant in the near future. Mr. Bluestein’s effort to run his business on solar energy is hampered by the building’s designation as an historical edifice, which makes solar panels incongruous.
Also, the building is located on a “postage stamp size” lot and cannot accommodate the panels. Read more…