, Newburyport, MA

October 8, 2012

True North solar farm property for sale

Salisbury Town Notebook Angeljean Chiaramida
Newburyport Daily News

---- — According to a LandVest real estate advertisement, the property upon which Salisbury’s True North solar farm is located is for sale, and the minimum bid is $1.75 million. According to the ad, the 6-megawatt solar electric generating facility is not part of the sale, but will become a tenant on the land with a 22-year lease for whoever purchases the land. The sealed bid deadline is Oct. 12.

Located on Rabbit Road, the facility was developed by West Newbury businessman James Vaughn, who struck usage deals with Salisbury, Triton Regional School District and Newburyport. The agreements gave energy credits to the three entities.

According to Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington, Vaughn’s facility went online in August and the town has already received its first month of energy credits. Harrington was unaware of the pending sale, but said the sale of the land should have no impact on the town’s agreement with Vaughn. However, even if Vaughn were to sell the solar facility itself, the agreement ensures the deal the town struck must be maintained by any future owners.

Vaughn did not respond to a call requesting a comment on the proposed sale.


The Salisbury Affordable Housing Trust will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center on Lafayette Road.

The meeting will include a discussion of the possible reuse of the Spaulding School on Maple Street for housing purposes.

For more information, contact Planning Director Lisa Pearson at 978-463-2266.


Those looking for a fun stop next weekend should drop by the Salisbury Public Library’s annual Fall Book Sale, taking place at the Boys and Girls Club facility on Maple Street.

Running Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is a great time to stock up on gently read books, CDs and DVDs at great prices.


The Salisbury Elementary School PTA will hold an anti-bullying presentation on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. The monthly meeting of the PTA will take place at the conclusion of the presentation.


The Salisbury Democratic Town Committee will meet on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Center.

The committee will discuss organizing activities related to the coming national and state election of Nov. 6.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the campaigns of Democratic candidates are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact committee chair Lou Masiello at 978-465-8741.


The Sea Spray Garden Club will be meeting Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at East Parish Meeting House, 8 Lafayette Road.

This month’s speaker is Jonathan Ebba from the University of New Hampshire horticulture program. Ebba will discuss “Putting the garden to bed in the fall for a better spring.”

New members and guests are welcome. Call 978-388-4848 for more information.


The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce will hold its next dinner meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Capri Grille, 3 Central Ave., Salisbury Beach. New officers will be elected at the business meeting.

Guest speaker this month is Salisbury Town Manager Neil J. Harrington.

Those planning to attend must RSVP by Saturday by calling the chamber at 978-465-3581.


The deadline for register to vote for the Nov. 6 election is Friday.

Registration can take place at the town clerk’s office on the first floor of Town Hall.

Proof of residency and age are required at time of registration.


Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at or at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271.