Hebert: Protecting the jewel of Summit Cove
August 7, 2013
Protecting the jewel of Summit Cove
Some questions on Summit Cove Elementary's solar farm:
• Why did the school district not go through a proper disclosure process on the magnitude of the industrial solar farm to the residents of Summit Cove?
• Did the superintendent of schools or any of the school board members walk the SCE site where the 12- to 15-foot-high solar arrays would be before they approved the project? Were the impacts to open space, encroachment of wetlands, flood plain issues and the blocking of the view corridor considered?
• Why did the school district not go through a planning process similar to the county's? One of the goals in the process is to make sure you have plenty of input from affected residents, that you have buy-in and the best product at the end of the process.
• How should the residents of Summit County feel when the school district is so insensitive to residents? How should that make us feel when the school district asks us to support a funding project?
• Where do we go from here? Should we stop the project and start all over? This time going through a complete and thorough process?
• Why did it take the county over a month to voice that the project was actually subject to the county approval process. At the time the county was made aware no solar arrays had been constructed. Why was the county not involved in the discussion in the first place?
• Why should we sacrifice a greater green for a lesser green?
• Why have we not heard from our county commissioners? Where do they stand on this industrial-size project being constructed on our wetlands?
• Has the school district become the new "bully on the playground"? Have it not learned how to play nicely with others? Will the Summit Cove community stand up to this bully?
Summit County government has a strong record of protecting our open space, view corridors and encroachments on wetlands. It would be an absolute shame if it did not protect "the jewel" of Summit Cove, our open space, wetlands and view corridor.
Please feel free to go to Summit Cove Elementary school to walk the site before the meeting to see firsthand what is going on.
Soda Creek Homeowners Association, President