The Henry County Commissioners put the final nail in the coffin of a local solar ordinance Thursday.
With a 3-0 vote, the commissioners confirmed their rejection of the proposed solar ordinance created by the Henry County Planning Commission.
This is the second “No” vote from the Henry County Commissioner regarding the proposed ordinance. According to Indiana Code 36-7-4-607, the ordinance has been defeated.
“This means that the rejection of the solar ordinance and solar moratorium that was passed in December remains in place,” said Commissioner Bobbi Plummer. “The three commissioners are independently working on changes to the solar ordinance.”
The first vote against the ordinance came Dec. 16. In that same meeting, the Henry County Commissioners voted to ban commercial solar energy systems from all zoning districts in the county.
As The Courier-Times has previously report, Commissioner Ed Tarantino has said the intent is to lift the solar moratorium after Henry County has a solar ordinance in place.
The county commissioners also spent several minutes of Thursday’s meeting discussing the proposed state law, House Bill 1381, which would take away county authority to make local decisions about industrial solar and wind projects.
Commissioner Plummer testified in the Indiana Statehouse in February against HB 1381, arguing the necessity of County Commissioners to be able to enforce local regulations instead of the Indiana Legislature.
HB 1381 was referred to the Indiana Senate on Feb. 18.
The commissioners also heard a presentation Thursday from DuFault, of WorkCentre Chaplains. DuFault has proposed that Henry County hire him as a contracted workplace chaplain for county employees.
DuFault had previously spoken with the Henry County Council about the mental health benefits his service could provide for employees.
“One question before us this evening is, ‘If loneliness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic, or victim mentality are being experienced by today’s workforce, how does it affect the operations of Henry County services?’” DuFault asked the council in January.
The Commissioners did not take any action on DuFault’s proposal and will review it for the next meeting.
The County Commissioners also decided to accept the terms of the new Spillman server that 911 Dispatch Director Butch Baker has been presenting.
The County Commissioners plan to meet next on at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.