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Public Service Commission Notice: A new notice from the Public Service Commission is now available to provide notice that the final environmental impact statement (EIS) is now available.  To view the final EIS or any other document: (1) go to the Commission's Electronic Records filing system portal at PSC - Electronic Records Filing (ERF) (wi.gov) (2) enter "9820-CE-100" in the boxes labeled "Quick Single Docket Search," and ' (3) select "Documents" To read the full notice, head to the town of grant solar page and look under Public Service Commission. 

Weekly News Blast

Happy Friday!

Last week, in the 2nd paragraph of my Weekly Blast I wrote…”In Open Session both the Town of Grant and Plover boards approved the JDA which will go into effect after Portage County signs. It awaits decisions by the Town of Buena Vista and Village of Plover.” Yesterday Town Attorney Nick Flanigan asked me to make the following correction: “In Open Session both the Town of Grant and Plover boards approved the JDA. It awaits decisions by the Portage County, Town of Buena Vista, and Village of Plover.” So, in other words, whether the other municipalities sign or not the effective dates for the Towns of Grant and Plover were June 20, 2024.

Again, it is important to emphasize that approval of the JDA (Joint Development Agreement) does not mean that the Towns of Grant or Plover approve the Vista Sands Solar (VSS) project. NO local municipality in the state of Wisconsin has that authority. Current law only allows three (3) members of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) to make that decision for projects 100 megawatts or larger (VSS is proposed at 1200 MW). So, if you have an opinion for or against VSS, mark your calendar for Thursday August 15th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. The WPSC Commissioners will be holding a hearing at the Best Western Hotel and Convention Center in Plover. You can make comments in person or via Zoom. Written comments will also be accepted.

On Monday Town Assessor Claude Rigleman, Clerk Stefanie Schlapa, Supervisor Doug Steltenpohl, and I met for the annual Board of Review. No other public members attended. We compared some changes from 2023 to 2024 in the assessment rolls. It’s always interesting to see how things have changed from year to year. Of interest this time was the slight increase in agricultural land and the new construction of homes. The four of us got “off topic” here and there but then had a few chuckles over a light dinner.

Please tip your hat to our Color Guard Trudy Knipple. She is the one responsible for lowering and raising the town hall flag. Sadly, this week she lowered it following the tragedy at Lincoln Hills. Next week we should all tip our hats and hold our hearts as we celebrate the 4th of July and the basic freedoms we enjoy.

If you are traveling, be safe out there! Sharon