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About Newport:
The Town of Newport is located 13 miles north of Herkimer and 95 miles northwest of Albany, bounded to the north by the Towns of Russia, to the east by Fairfield and Norway, to the South by Herkimer and Schuyler, and to the west by Oneida County.  The Township was settled in 1791 by Christopher Hawkins of Rhode Island on land purchased in July, 1786 by Daniel Campbell of New York City and William, Ephraim and Benjamin Bowen in 1788 and 1789.  It w as formed on April 7, 1806 from parts of Herkimer, Fairfield, Norway and Schuyler.  At the first Town meeting, held on March 3, 1807, Christopher Hawkins was elected Supervisor. Click HERE for more interesting information about our Town!

Town Supervisor - Mike McEvoy
Town Clerk - Nanette Roesler
Codes / Zoning Enforcement Officer - Clifton Bennett
Superintendant of Highways - Jason Coffin

Legal Notice Annual Election of the Poland Joint Fire District
November 24, 2017




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Election of the Poland Joint Fire District will take place on Tuesday December 12, 2017 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Poland Fire Station 216 Main Street State Route 8 Cold Brook, NY 13324 for the purposes of:     1) voting on Proposition Number 1 to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for Capital Improvements;  2) voting on Proposition Number 2 to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for Equipment Repair and Replacement; 3) voting on Proposition Number 3 to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for Apparatus Repair and Replacement; and 4) voting on Proposition Number 4 to establish a Repair Reserve Fund.

            There is no election of candidates for office at this election.

Only those persons who are residents of the Poland Joint Fire District on or before November 13, 2017 and who are registered to vote with their respective County Board of Elections office on or before November 20, 2017 shall be eligible to vote.


October 25, 2017                                 



                                                            216 Main St.

                                                            COLD BROOK, NY 13324

Special Meeting of Town Board
November 16, 2017
A special meeting is being  called to order  approve the 2018 Town Budget at 3PM 11/16/17
New Solar for approval of Newport Town Board
October 30, 2017

7.13      Solar

    • Non- Commercial Installations

      All solar installations that are integrated into the structures electrical system for residential and business require a permit from the codes officer and must meet state and local building codes. They must have a clearly marked disconnect switch. In addition an electrical inspection shall be required.   Ground mounted collectors are not allowed in the front yard.  Ground mounted solar collectors must be in the side or rear yard and shall comply with side and rear yard setbacks.

    • Commercial Installations

      Solar farms are permitted in an Agricultural zone and all Business zones with a Special use Permit and all applications are subject to planning board review.   The following items shall be considered by the planning board before making a recommendation.

    • A complete set of plans with a professional engineers stamp and signature shall accompany each application. A site plan that shows, collector layout and area,  setbacks, vegetation, screening,  fencing,  storm water control, parking, access roads and accessory buildings shall be part of the application and general plan.

    • A complete set of electrical plans and schematics of collectors and any hardware such as inverters, transformers, batteries, control panels, switch gear and disconnects.  A copy of these plans must be given to the town clerk and the fire chief.

    • A complete operation and maintenance manual shall be supplied to the town and fire chief.  A clearly marked electrical disconnect sign that is easily recognized by emergency personal from a distance of at least 30 feet.

    • Other issues to consider are signage such as “High Voltage, Danger, Disconnect Switch, or other warning signs, lighting, glare, transmission lines, and the height of collectors and accessory buildings.  The view from public highway and adjoining neighbors as well as any compromise of the character of the neighborhood.  A front yard and side yard setback of 100 feet and a rear yard setback of 50 feet will be required.

    • The solar farm owner must provide 24/7 access to emergency response personal in the event of an emergency.

    • The solar farm must be maintained in good condition and a decommission plan shall be required in the event the plant is abandoned or decommissioned.  The solar farm owner is solely responsible for the cost of decommissioning and removal of the solar farm if necessary.  Bonding may be required and shall be assessed on a case by case basis depending of the size of the installation.

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