Hamilton Township Embraces Solar Energy and Redevelopment Projects

In an effort towards renewable energy and economic development, the Hamilton Town Council has engaged with Solar Develop LLC on a prospective solar lease agreement. This project promises substantial cost savings and revenue generation for the township. Additionally, the council addressed the acquisition of real estate for affordable housing using eminent domain.

The Hamilton Town Council meeting witnessed a comprehensive presentation by Ryan Malone from Solar Develop LLC, detailing an economic development initiative that would see the establishment of a solar field on a landfill within the township. The discussion centered on the anticipated benefits, notably considerable cost savings and additional revenue streams for Hamilton. The council sought to understand the direct benefits for residents, prompting Malone to explicate the expected utility savings over time. The council was briefed on the construction timeline, estimated at nine months, though contingent on regulatory approvals.

Another focal point of the meeting was the council’s movement on an ordinance authorizing the acquisition of property for affordable housing. This step is part of a broader initiative to redevelop a specified property, with the council indicating the use of eminent domain due to the non-responsiveness of the property owners involved. The council elaborated on the legal procedures of this acquisition and the importance of ensuring fair property appraisals, stressing the town’s efforts to negotiate just prices and fair treatment for sellers, including allowing the removal of valuables prior to demolition.

The redevelopment efforts extended beyond housing, with the council also conducting a second reading and public hearing on an ordinance adopting the municipal building Redevelopment plan. This plan includes the construction of a new Municipal complex and School Administration building on White Horse Mercerville Road, with a target completion date in the summer of 2026. Discussions revealed ongoing negotiations with the school district about their involvement, with the council expressing optimism about finalizing an agreement before summer and commending the strong working relationship between the two entities.

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To support the redevelopment project, the council introduced an ordinance to provide aid, allocating $60 million for the construction. A separate ordinance was brought forward to amend and supplement the township code concerning swimming pools.

The council’s consent agenda was another area of progression, addressing various items such as appointments, grant applications, and infrastructure improvements, including a grant for an electric charging station to support the town’s transition to electric vehicles.

Public engagement during the meeting included inquiries about a pending Chipotle project, a Department of Transportation-required resolution, the location of the proposed solar panel project, and the condition of a property with fallen trees. Residents also expressed interest in the future use of a building and participated by offering book donations to the library.

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The council members announced community events such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade and a percussion and color guard exhibition at Nottingham High School. Furthermore, they shared updates on the allocation of grants for green energy projects, underlining the town’s progress in sustainable development initiatives.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Jeff Martin
City Council Officials:
Anthony Carabelli, Richard Tighe, Pasquale “Pat” Papero, Nancy Phillips, Charles F. Whalen

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