Nagle is color blind, and confessed that his daughter actually has to clip his socks together to make sure they match. "Now I'll be reading about this in the newspaper," he laughed. "Just make sure you tell everyone I'm wearing matching olive tonight."
Ironically, the entire board was accused of being color blind that night, at least when that color is green. Although the Board was considering an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance making specific provisions for solar panels, Hanover resident Bharatkumar Joshi feels they could have done more. Another, Dr. Alan Brau, recounted difficulties installing a geothermal system at his home.
Joshi wants to erect a $25,000 solar panel system at his West Macada Road home, and objects to a provision in the solar ordinance requiring conditional use approval for roof-mounted, front-facing solar panels. Since the fronts of the homes in his neighborhood all face south, that's where a solar panel would be most effective. "I don't think it's fair to us," he stated.
Denied a permit by Zoning Administrator Yvonne Kutz, Joshi claims the delay has already cost him $5,000 in grant money that PPL has already given to "another homeowner in another township, waiting in line." He is also losing state money. The state was providing $2.25 per kilowatt for his 5,000 kw project, but that figure has now dropped to $1.79/kw. Getting a conditional use approval would cost Joshi another $800 and two months of precious time. "This almost sounds like you guys don't want this to happen," he complained.
Township Manager Jay Finnigan defended the proposed ordinance, saying, "We've done unique things with this." Requiring conditional use approvals would only enhance the value of properties in the long run, according to the Manager.
Solicitor Jim Broughal gently reminded Joshi that until its August 24 meeting, there was no solar ordinance at all.
"Then how did all those solar panels get up on other properties?" asked Joshi.
Broughal answered that people desiring solar panels at the front of their homes will now need conditional use approval.
Supervisors unanimously adopted the solar panel ordinance.
Instead of using the sun, Dr. Alan Brau would like to use the earth as his energy source. He told Supervisors of a geothermal design for his home heating and cooling. Ground absorbs 47% of the sun's energy as it hits the Earth's surface, and subsurface earth loops provide central heating and cooling. Jake Kocher, of Kocher's Water Pumps, is already drilling bore holes for loops and fluids.
Although Dr. Brau's idea is brilliant, he forgot to get a permit. In the process of trying to do so, he discovered all sorts of utility easements interfering with his design.
"I'm trying to figure out why you're here," said Solicitor Jim Broughal, suggesting Dr. Brau needs to coordinate a little more with the Zoning Administrator.
In other business, Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance increasing the fine for brake retarder violations and gave Weis Market permission to install two monument sign at its entrances instead of pole-mounted signs. "That will be an improvement," noted Vice Chair Glenn Walbert.