Minutes April 23, 2018


April 23, 2018


1.  Jeanne Pietig called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Other members present were Ken Jacob, Jon Beckman, John Lubinski, Gayle Gillespie, and Mike Wobbe.

2.  Motion by Gillespie/Jacob to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

3.  Motion by Jacob/Beckman to approve the minutes for the March 26, 2018 meeting. Motion carried.

4.  Motion by Pietig/Gillespie to open the Public hearing on the Conditional Use Permit application submitted by Wabasha Solar II, LLC for the operation of a one megawatt community solar garden on parcel 05.00056.00 located in Section 10, Township 110 North, Range 10 West, Town of Greenfield. Motion carried.

5.  Motion by Beckman/Lubinski to close the public hearing. Motion carried.

6.  Motion by Gillespie/Jacob to forward the Wabasha Solar II CUP request to the County Board for consideration with a recommendation that the request be approved with ten conditions. Motion carried. The ten conditions are as follows:

•  The project shall be undertaken only in accordance with the plans and specifications as submitted in the application or as outlined in these conditions.

•  The County may enter onto the premises at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to ensure the permit holder is in compliance with the conditions and all other applicable ordinances.

•  A wetland delineation shall be submitted to and approved by the Wabasha WCA Technical Advisory Panel prior to the start of any construction activity. No solar panel or utility line shall be located in any area mapped as a wetland.

•  The applicant shall post a bond or issue an irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $25,000 per megawatt to cover the costs of decommissioning and site restoration upon project termination. Upon expiration/revocation of this permit or voluntary termination of the project, the permittee shall dismantle and remove from the site all solar panels, mounted steel posts and beams, inverters, transformers, overhead and underground cables, buildings and foundations, and roads.

•  Except for designated roadways, the project area shall be re-vegetated as a low-growing, pollinator friendly native prairie. The vegetation in the project area shall be maintained to promote the pollinator friendly native prairie and to limit any noxious weeds or other undesirable plants such as any cool season grasses. A seed mix and maintenance plan for the native vegetation shall be approved by the Zoning Administrator prior to the start of any construction.

•  Construction shall be limited to 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

•  Existing natural screening shall be maintained on the property so as to provide a visual screen to any home located within 1,000 feet of the project. Also, Techny Arborvitae shall be planted along the entire eastern and northern boundary of the project to provide screening. The arborvitae shall be planted ten feet on center and shall consist of nursery stock that is at least four feet high for the initial planting. The arborvitae shall be maintained such that if any of the plants were to perish, it shall be replaced as soon as practicable with another Techny Arborvitae that is at least four feet in height.

•  Testing for stray voltage that is a result of the project shall be conducted by a third-party consultant at the start of operation and shall be completed annually for three years. After that point, it shall be completed once every three years. The results from such testing shall be submitted to the Wabasha County Zoning Department within 30 days of testing. The costs for such testing shall be paid for by the developer.

•  The solar modules shall be limited to a single axis tracking system.

•  Dust will be managed during the construction phase of the project.

Motion by Gillespie/Jacob to adjourn the meeting at 8:03 p.m. Motion carried.

Agenda for this meeting 

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Agenda for this meeting

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