Nelson town board appoints new zoning board of appeals, planning board members

— The board also approved a resolution to appoint senior ZBA member John Foley as the interim ZBA chair, but if he is not interested in the position, to appoint John Tobin interim chair instead. The interim chair will lead the ZBA until the zoning board members themselves choose among themselves who will become the permanent chair.

“It’s our appointment in the end, but we’ll happily take their recommendation,” Costello said.

Lints’ appointment as a permanent ZBA member now leaves that board with no alternate member. The town board is now seeking applicants for the alternate spot. Anyone interested in applying for the position can contact Town Clerk Debbie Costello for more information at 655-8582 ext. 1.

At the next town board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 13, the board will hear proposals on upgrading its village hall to a solar-powered facility through Madison County’s Solarize Madison program.

Solarize Madison is a community-focused renewable energy program promoting sustainable energy production to stabilize current and future energy costs. By working with state and county organizations, Madison county residents and solar energy installers, Solarize Madison County will streamline the installation process making solar energy installations easy and affordable for Madison County residents, farmers, business owners, municipalities and institutions.

Justin Williams, owner and NABCEP certified installer of CNY Solar, Inc., the official installer for the 2013 campaign, has already done a walk-through of the Nelson town office building and will present his finding and his proposals for solar electricity and hot water installations to the board, Bradstreet said.

“No one else in Madison County is doing this right now,” Bradstreet said. “It will generate enough electricity to offset the costs of our air condition.”

For more information on Solarize Madison County, visit solarizemadison.com.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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