New Marlborough approves solar bylaw, school budget

By Cory Willey

MILL RIVER — Voters accepted all but one of the town’s 38 articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting warrant, including the school budget and a long sought-after bylaw amendment pertaining to solar installations.

After some discussion and an amendment on the floor of the town meeting, the Planning Board’s proposed bylaw easily received the necessary two-thirds majority vote required for approval.

The board has been working on the bylaw amendment for about a year with the help of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission senior planner Christopher Gruba. The planners also received input from other town boards and residents during well-attended public hearings on the matter.

The bylaws seek to add clarity and specificity to the process of installing solar photovoltaic panels in New Marlborough. Prior to their adoption at Monday night’s town meeting, the bylaws only addressed such installations in a short passage stating “any facility for generating power from wind, sun, or water” shall be allowed only by special permit from the Select Board.

For the full story, pick up an issue of this week’s Berkshire Record.

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