ADAMS -- Though a Planning Board meeting concerning a proposed large-scale solar installation on East Road has been subject to one postponement after another, residents aren't forgetting.
Roughly 25 of them met Thursday at the Elks Lodge on Center Street to discuss new developments on the matter.
They learned from East Road resident Edward Driscoll that next Monday's re-scheduled Planning Board meeting has again been canceled.
The Apis Energy Group of Alford is proposing to install 6,100 solar panels on an 11.5-acre swath owned by the Loholdt family.
Driscoll told them the company has updated and resubmitted their plans.
He noted that those interested can pick up a copy of the new proposal from Town Hall and come prepared to the now twice rescheduled Planning Board meeting, to be rescheduled sometime in July.
"Everybody should go get a copy and read it," he said.
Two of five members of the Planning Board live on East Road, and hence can't vote on the issue. Because one of the remaining three members couldn't attend some scheduled meetings for personal reasons, these have had to be canceled for lack of quorum.
Representatives from Apis had to answer to over 40 nearby residents at the last Planning Board meeting on the topic in April.
The concerns they brought up then still remain.
Driscoll said at the meeting that Realtors estimate a negative impact on home values of 10 to 30 percent when an industrial solar development is situated nearby.
"We're not rich," Driscoll said. "Our assets are our homes. No one has the right to reach into your pocket and take that out."
Dave Krzeminski also lives on East Road.
"If it were horses, sheep, llamas or cows I'd back it 100 percent," he said. "But not an industrial solar site. It's going to look like a roof."
Krzeminski rattled off local solar developments -- from Silver Lake to the 1.1 megawatt array being installed presently at the old town landfill -- and said all are in industrial zones.
"Show me a residential zone where there is an industrial solar facility in it," he said, noting that Cheshire, Sturbridge and Hollistan have rejected similar proposals.
According to Driscoll, some concerns raised by residents at the April meeting have been addressed in the new proposal.
A tree barrier blocking the potential development from view is part of the new plan and the company has added an engineer's assessment of what impact it would have on drainage to its possible expenses. Many residents fear a development would worsen the already overtaxed East Road drainage system, which was built before many of the homes on that road, causing many to see regular flooding.
At least one East Road resident, who spoke up at the meeting, doesn't think the project such a big deal.
"I think there's a lot of hysteria going on," she said. "I don't have any objections."
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