Village of Roscoe to consider community pavilion and solar farm

Village of Roscoe to consider community pavilion and solar farm

At Wednesday’s board meeting, the Village of Roscoe board will vote on allowing Roscoe Township to build a “multi-purpose Community Open-Air Pavilion, including live musical performances,” at Founders Park, near the Roscoe Township Community Center. Despite the wording of the ordinance, Roscoe Township, which owns the park, won’t allow any amplification – or alcohol – at the pavilion and has assured neighbors at Prairie Rose that any sound from the park would be minimal. The board is also expected to temporarily waive surface paving and curb and gutter requirements at the park. The Township will have enough money to pave it after a year. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) recommended approval of both requests.

The board is expected to appoint and confirm Dayne Mead to fill a vacant unexpired term on the Zoning Board of Appeals and to appoint Nancy White to the Stateline Mass Transit District (SMTD) Board of Directors.

The board are expected to grant several special event permits:

The board will also vote on adding a new zoning category to allow for solar farms. Trajectory Energy Partners wants to build a 20-acre community solar farm west of the Stone Bridge Trail, between Elevator Road and McCurry Road. The North Pasture Solar project will produce enough energy to power over 400 homes. Trajectory’s Hal Sprague says subscribers will save a combined $42,000 each year by buying electricity at a discount and receiving a credit on their ComEd bills.

An ordinance change will be considered because the Village of Roscoe has several rights-of-way, especially in the older part of town, where roads were never built. The Village intends to vacate those right-of-ways, giving the neighbors more land  to use, but also making them responsible for maintaining that land.

Source: Rockton-Roscoe News

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