SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission gave approvals Tuesday night for a solar field at Light Metals Coloring on Spring Street and continued excavation at a Tilcon property off Welch Road.
Sev Bovino, a planner for Kratzert, Jones & Associates, represented both applications, which were approved unanimously.
Tilcon has applied for nine two-year extensions for work on Welch Road in past years. Bovino said truck activity will stay on its current schedule. Work doesn’t take place on the weekends.
“The truck routes are the same as always,” Bovino said.
Commission vice chairman Paul Chaplinsky asked about the “status of activity” on the site.
Work shuts down in the winter and resumes in the warmer months, Bovino said. In addition to fill taken from the Welch Road property, he said Tilcon also takes fill from a large dirt pile at nearby Lake Compounce.
That earth is moved to the Welch Road property and then moved to customers.
The commission gave approval for another two years of excavation.
Solar panels will be installed in a half-acre grass area at the Light Metals Coloring site, according to Bovino. The area is in a floodplain and the project required and received approval from the town’s Conservation Commission.
Light Metals Coloring is surrounded by industrial buildings.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
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