2018-01-11 / Community

Elkton council hears update on second solar farm

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

ELKTON - The Village of Elkton is exploring the possibility of a second solar farm. President Randy Haley updated the council on the status at the Tuesday.

Haley said Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, the company looking into developing a solar farm on 28 acres west of Ewald Road, is also considering developing property along M-142.

Haley said the company’s project manager is looking at the details. Haley also said he expects a similar contract, but at $1,000 per acre, compared to the $800 per acre figure at the first project.

He said any new contract would go to the village finance committee and the village’s planning commission.

The property for the second project is the same location where local resident Terry Heck had proposed to develop. Heck approached the council about his plans several months ago, and a motion was passed at the time allowing him to look into the development.

Haley informed council at the meeting he hadn’t heard from Heck. The property would require spot-rezoning, which the village nixed. Council voted to rescind the earlier motion.

In other business, Clerk Lonna Fisher reminded the council about its policy regarding purchases, which must be approved by department heads or the president.

The employee manual is being reviewed by attorney John Ferris before being referred to the labor relations committee. Baker said he feels unused sick and vacation days shouldn’t carry over into the next year and the matter should be addressed.

In other labor-related action, an agreement was approved, which includes a 15-cents per hour raise for full-time employees and the part-time clerk.

The council voted to enter into an agreement to lease the Huron Youth Center to the Elkton Lions Club for one year. The Huron Youth Advisory Board will not lease the building this year. Members of the HYAB were present at the meeting and said the group is small and it seems the same few do much of the work. The two civic groups will see how this works out for them this year.

In other new business, the council approved the Parks & Rec schedule. Council member Agnes Kosinski said activities will move from Ackerman Memorial Park to the Veterans Park, which is across from the village hall, for better visibility. She said the group is planning fundraising activities in order to become self-sufficient. Additionally, the group is planning an October event to help promote the downtown Elkton area.

The council also approved the ambulance service agreement as presented.

In department reports, Department of Public Works Superintendent Lonnie Schulz said the village will replace the lightbulbs in the poinsettia decorations with “brighter, better, longer-lasting” LED lights. He said the lights will be purchased from Bronner’s and estimates the cost at around $840.

Chief of Police Scott Jobes reported 858 complaints at year’s end, compared to 935 the previous year, with 13 so far this year, compared to 12 last year at this time. Jobes also said he’s looking into grants for a new patrol unit as well as grants for an in-car camera and a computer.

He said there were 18 ambulance runs in December, with 301 as the end-of-year total, which he believes is a higher number than usual.

The ambulance service is looking for personnel and interested persons should contact the village clerk at 989-375-2270.

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