Public to weigh in on solar plan, metropolis supervisor search

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ELLSWORTH – The city council will hold a public hearing on a proposed solar energy deal at its session on Monday 19th October. After the hearing, the council is expected to vote on the plan. The city council also invites the public to discuss finding a city administrator in a forum on Wednesday October 21.

Both meetings will be broadcast live on the City of Ellsworth Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Spectrum 1303 channel.

The city published a call for proposals in November 2019 for a company to install solar panels in several possible locations. Under a potential power purchase agreement, the city would buy electricity from the farm at a fixed rate to offset communal energy bills, but would not own or manage the solar development.

The city council has selected SunRaise Investments from Portsmouth, NH, for renewable energy for the project.

The public hearing on solar energy follows a joint council and planning authority workshop on October 15 that set out plans, including the 11,000-panel solar installation approved by the planning authority in September but not yet built on Mariaville Road and another larger one adjoining facility. Together, the arrays could provide solar-powered power for all city buildings and schools, with an estimated $ 3.6 million savings over 20 years on the life of commercial solar panels, according to information presented at the meeting.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. The public hearing takes place on an agenda of 20 items.

The City Manager Search Meeting on October 21st is an opportunity for the public to “express what qualities, training, backgrounds and experience the new City Manager should have in order to manage the city successfully,” says the meeting note. City Manager David Cole announced his resignation in August, which took effect in late September. Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier has been appointed Interim City Manager until a new City Manager is hired. The meeting starts at 6.30 p.m.

News reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. If you don’t sign up, find their local hiking trails, read on, or watch some professional tennis. Anne loves tips and ideas for public stories. Email them at [email protected] or call them at 667-2576.

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