County commissioners approve solar ordinance

The biggest topic of discussion at the Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting on March 23 may have been the agreement with Dynegy, but it was definitely not the only item on the agenda. The commissioners also discussed the proposed solar ordinance, the 2017 financial audit and the Workforce Investment program.

County Land Management Administrator David Walter presented the solar ordinance to the commissioners. He noted that the process for this ordinance started last year in October. He, along with Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker, took a solar ordinance from Tazewell County as the basis to start with.

They then met with the county’s progress committee and zoning board, also receiving input from Ameren, Egyptian Electric and the Randolph County Farm Bureau.

We made a lot of changes and got lots of input,” Walter said. Adding that they then put together a new proposed ordinance and put it up on the county’s website for public review and comments.

There was lots of interest, but no negative comments,” he reported.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.