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Ancram officials agree to limited support of Copake opposition to Hecate solar project

Nov 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Diane Valden is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Ancram Town Board November 19, the same night it voted unanimously to solarize Ancram, considered a request from the Copake Town Board to support a resolution detailing its opposition to the construction of Hecate Energy’s Shepherd’s Run Solar Project in Craryville. Ancram Zoning Revisions Committee member Steve Olyha objected to specific language in the resolution. He said the statement, “the installation of Shepherd’s Run would destroy the property values of homes situated adjacent to the installation…,” is not accurate. “We’ve got to do something, whatever we do is going to cause somebody pain. We need to accept some pain for doing the right thing for the broader community,” he said. Board member Bonnie Hundt said, “We have to support Copake.” The developers are “putting it on prime farmland… I think it’s too big.” Board member Madeline Israel agreed, calling the project “massive.” As a compromise, Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin proposed the board only adopt the portion of the resolution calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state Senate and the state Assembly “to adopt legislation which would meet the challenges of climate change without violating Home Rule and local zoning powers and which would more fairly distribute the responsibility of confronting Climate Change among all communities throughout the state instead of placing the entire burden on small rural communities.” The board voted unanimously in favor of the amended resolution. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.