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Chester to expand solar power installation

Town of Chester landfill and recycling attendant Lou Lashomb walks past an array of solar panels, one of two installations 150 feet long, that will soon power the town transfer station, town garage complex, and  Chester recycling center. The town of Chester decided this week to double the number of arrays and the electrical output of their solar installations to both save money and become more earth-friendly. The town is now converting to solar power to provide electricity for all their facilities, including the Chester-Horicon Health Center, the town highway garage, the Chester Municipal Center, and the Dynamite Hill complex. Area energy officials say Chester is leading the way in employing such alternative energy sources.

Town of Chester landfill and recycling attendant Lou Lashomb walks past an array of solar panels, one of two installations 150 feet long, that will soon power the town transfer station, town garage complex, and Chester recycling center. The town of Chester decided this week to double the number of arrays and the electrical output of their solar installations to both save money and become more earth-friendly. The town is now converting to solar power to provide electricity for all their facilities, including the Chester-Horicon Health Center, the town highway garage, the Chester Municipal Center, and the Dynamite Hill complex. Area energy officials say Chester is leading the way in employing such alternative energy sources. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The decision was contingent upon board members examining the LED lamps and determining their light output was not too harsh.

in other business, the Town of Chester board:

• Approved a change in the starting time of their monthly board meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and endorsed a 5-minute limit on presentations by each person during the public comment periods;

• Voted to authorize the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District officials to apply for a $324,000 grant for stormwater control, erosion abatement and Economic development at Schroon Lake; and

•Scheduled a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. July 10 to boost the town’s property tax exemption for seniors by lowering the income threshold to $24,000 for a 50 percent exemption with a graduated scale up to $32,399 for a 5 percent exemption.

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