“City Planning Board member Pete Semione said he will break the 2-2 tie vote that has stymied the subdivision application of Pine Brook Solar.
The board is scheduled to meet Oct. 6. Semione previously voted in favor of the application, and has said he will not be changing his vote.
Semione was not present for the board’s recent meeting, at which Board Chairman James Anderson and board member Matthew Donde both voted against allowing the solar farm developers to subdivide the former Pine Brook Golf Course at 280 S. Main St. into four parcels.
Board Vice Chairman Geoffrey Peck and board member Jonathan Kluska both voted in favor of the project.
Planning Board alternate member Frederick Bochenek was also not present.
But this was the second vote held on the same subject. The Planning Board voted 3-1 at its Aug. 4 meeting to approve the subdivision. During that vote Semione, Kluska and Donde voted “yes,” while Anderson was the “no” vote. Peck was absent from the Aug. 4 meeting.
But the Aug. 4 meeting’s public hearing on the 280 S. Main St. subdivision was nullified due to a problem with the notice for the hearing. Semione said the public notice was sent to The Leader-Herald but somehow was not published on time for a legal public hearing, thus necessitating a second vote.”
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Subik, Jason. Recorder 6 September 2020.