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Hinckley Township trustees talk making rules for solar panels

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HINCKLEY TWP. –– Hinckley Township trustees held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss legislation about energy- efficient technology including solar panels.

The township does not have any legislation or zoning regulations in place to help make sure that when people put in solar panels, particularly ground displays and hydronic burners, they are doing so in a way that doesn’t disrupt neighbors or other businesses.

“We hired a consultant to help us write the language,” said Trustee Ray Schulte. “The Zoning Commission initiated a public hearing to approve it just to have the zoning code for solar panels, rooftop and ground array … and outdoor wood fire hydronic burners.

“We don’t have any language for that so the idea is to put something into place so that we can manage that.”

Residents and business owners who wish to use ground and roof solar panels and other energy alternatives must go before the township’s zoning board to present the idea and get a permit.

Schulte said a recent request by a homeowner to install solar panels led to the discovery that no such legislation existed in the township. The project has not gone forward while trustees worked out the regulations.

Now, the township’s zoning board has the authority to review the project and issue a permit before installation

The meeting also included an updated on work taking place at the Hinckley Administration Building.

“This is something that I’ve been working on diligently since the middle of last year,” Schulte said. “It’s finally coming to fruition.”

The town hall consists of two generations of structures with associated issues, according to a report given by KR Architects, LLC.

These include the town hall and the fire station, which are attached.

Some foundational issues have been observed along with some structural issues to the wheelchair ramp. As a result, Schulte said he has been working to get some grant money to make some renovations to the building.

The township has received $31,000 from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and approximately $78,800 in Community Development Block Grant funds given out by the county commissioners.

“The intent of that money, the $31,000, is to tear out the existing ramp … to fix the foundation there,” Schulte said.

“The stone is deteriorating, there are drainage issues. And then the other part, we will put up an electric lift for the handicapped instead of a ramp and then we are going to build a porch, a covered porch area, for that as well.”

The township will be sending the project out to bid in a few weeks.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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