On Monday, at the informal Common Council meeting, Public Works Commissioner Peter Bujanow presented a revised request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for developing a solar farm on City-owned land off North Second Street. He assured the Council that the revised RFEI does not offer the capped landfill as a site for the solar array. He described the parcel being offered as "near the dog park."
Although the capped landfill is not the parcel being offered for development, appended to the RFEI is a 21-page report done by the EPA in June 2017 assessing the viability of the capped landfill as a site for solar panels. Alderman John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward) suggested that including this information might be unwise. Bujanow maintained that it was "in the City's best interest to include the data collected in 2017 about the landfill," arguing that "letting them know that someone has identified this area as ripe for development" was a good thing, even though "this area" is not the actual area being offered for development.
The Common Council is expected to vote on issuing the RFEI at its meeting on Tuesday, September 21. In the meantime, the document has been posted on the City of Hudson website, and Council president Tom DePietro is asking for comments from the public. The RFEI can be found here. Comments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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