Calypso votes unanimously to approve solar farm

By Barry Merrill

Tribune Publisher

After several months of sometimes emotional debates, the Calypso Town Board moved past some issues last Monday night with the approval of a solar farm special use permit.

Cypress Creek Renewables was awarded a permit for a solar farm on Broadhurst Farm in the town’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction. That was the major action during last Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the board.

The board met as a Board of Adjustment and agreed unanimously for the granting of the permit, adding some conditions to accommodate a property owner adjacent to the farm. (See separate story page 3 in today’s Tribune.)

Some additional discussion regarded the nulling of a vote by Town Commissioner Larry Cashwell and a dissenting opinion letter submitted by Commissioner David Tyndall. Calypso Mayor Rubylene Lambert defended her decision, which she said was based on legal advice from the town attorney and the School of Government.

Mr. Tyndall was not at the meeting.

A long-debated update to the zoning ordinance that increased the minimum size of mobile homes allowed on the north side of town, and decreased the allowable age of the mobile homes. was passed, with Commissioner Cashwell voting against.

Town Commissioner Debbie Jones offered photos of nine properties in town that she proposed be considered for condemnation. The board members agreed that she should contact the county building inspector to seek condemnation.

The board agreed to spray weed killer around the headstones in the town cemetery. Inmate crews are no longer available to be used to trim around headstones, and if mowers get too close, headstones are sometimes chipped.

The September meeting was moved to Monday, September 10, as the first Monday regular meeting day falls on Labor Day.

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