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The Planning Board voted 5-0 to not recommend, at this time, a commercial solar farm moratorium to the Select Board. We also voted 5-0 to allow a small, one-acre “community solar farm” project on the Smithton Road to proceed under our traditional Community Development Review Ordinance (the ordinance that governs commercial development in town).

The Planning Board learned a little about what is a “community solar” project. Apparently, people buy “shares” of a solar farm commensurate with how many panels they would need to satisfy their electrical needs, thereby only being charged by CMP the $14 “hook-up” cost. In other words, people buy solar panels like one would if they wanted to put panels on their house, but the panels are located in this solar farm, not on their roof.

In this way, the Smithton Road development is atypical of a usual project under the purview of the Community Development Review Ordinance, but Freedom does not have a solar farm-specific ordinance. I am excited to see where this project goes.

Here is my last shameless plug for my Regional School Unit 3 Adult and Community Education class that runs Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to no later than 7:30 p.m., from Sept. 12 to Oct. 6. The class fee is $30 and sessions will be held in-person at Mount View High School. My goal is to teach a thing or two about both world wars, but more importantly critically analogize events surrounding both wars to current events. At least eight students need to sign up for the class to run.

Finally, remember that Freedom Field Day and Parade will be Aug. 20. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the boat parade begins at 11 a.m. There will be a chicken barbecue at noon, with local crafters/vendors along with raffles, games, and a 50/50 drawing.

This event is organized by the Freedom Recreational and Boosters group. For more information, go to the “Fun Times in Freedom” Facebook page, or ask me and I will connect you with the right person.