Phase two of the landfill solar development project took a step forward on September 28.
The select board approved unanimously a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Falmouth Landfill Solar II for the second phase of the solar project, which involves installing a 2.09-megawatt solar array at the former landfill site off Thomas B. Landers Road. The array will generate approximately 2.5 million kilowatt hours of solar energy annually for 20 to 25 years.
The town will receive payments in lieu of taxes in quarterly installments for the life of the installation.
“This was prepared to follow the first agreement for phase one,” Town Counsel Frank K. Duffy said. “There are no changes at all. It is the same.”
Over 20 years, PILOT payments will amount to $704,608.
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The board authorized the town to accept funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for technical assistance related to the Complete Streets program.
“This would allow us to apply those dollars, through the Cape Cod Commission staff, to develop a priority list, collect related information along with public outreach for the Complete Streets program,” Julian M. Suso said. “I think it is very timely with this board having, in the past year, adopted the Complete Streets package. It will help guide our investments in streets, sidewalks and related improvements going forward.”
Overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Complete Streets are those that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes, including walking, biking, transit and vehicles, and for people of all ages and abilities.
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The board authorized two Community Preservation Fund applications by town departments.
Partnering with The 300 Committee and Land Trust, the Falmouth Conservation Commission is seeking $200,000 for a conservation restriction to permanently protect the Florence Sylvia Woodland property in North Falmouth.
“I fully endorse their application,” conservation land manager Mark Kasprzyk said. “I don’t know if anybody has been able to look at the property in North Falmouth, but it is a gorgeous piece, 9.3 acres. The cost is going to be $600,000. The 300 Committee is still fundraising, but they are looking to apply for $200,000 from the CPA funds to cover some of the costs of the permanent conservation restriction.”
The Falmouth Recreation Department is requesting $250,000 to rehabilitate the tennis courts at Bell Tower Lane in Woods Hole.
Once renovated, the courts will feature two new tennis courts, lines for four pickleball courts on the tennis courts, a new tennis backboard and an accessible path.
“Pickleball is still the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Recreation Director Joseph E. Olenick said. “It is everywhere. I get calls every day, of people wanting to play and asking where they want to play.”
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The board also authorized the conservation department to apply for a MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant to control invasive plant species with herbicide treatment at the 12 acres of Coonamessett fields south of Route 151 and west of Ranch Road. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $50,000, do not require a cash match or in-kind services from the town.
“It seems like a good idea to me,” Select Board Member Douglas C. Brown said.
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The board approved Eversource and Verizon’s request to install one pole on Barrows Road, south of Rivers Edge Road.