Medina considers 6-month moratorium on solar projects, regulations for food trucks

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 October 2016 at 11:17 pm

MEDINA – The Village of Medina is considering a six-month moratorium on solar projects so the village can update its regulations for the projects, including guidelines for solar in the historic downtown.

“We’re not trying to ban solar projects we just want to recognize our assets and make sure the projects are done right, especially in the historic district,” Village Code Enforcement Officer Marty Busch said during tonight’s Village Board meeting.

The board set a public hearing for the moratorium for 7 p.m. on Nov. 28. The 6-month time frame will be retroactive to Oct. 24.

Busch noted that many of the towns in Orleans County have passed moratoriums on solar so the municipalities can revise their regulations. Some towns are limiting the moratorium to larger-scale solar projects that encompass more than a half-acre of land.

• In addition to the solar moratorium, Medina is considering updating regulations for food trucks and transient merchants. The village will have a public hearing on that local law at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Shelby Town Hall on Salt Works Road.

• The board passed a local law this evening that makes some changes to its vehicle and traffic law. People issued violations can now pay fines at the Village Office, instead of at court at the Shelby Town Hall.

Some of the fines were also increased. A Class A violation (parking on a sidewalk or blocking a driveway) will result in a $20 fine.

A Class B violation (parking past the 2-hour limit, parking in a fire lane, or parking too close to a fire hydrant) will result in a $30 fine. A Class C violation (parking in a handicap zone without a permit) will be an $80 fine.