Chowan OKs new Steamers lease


By Miles Layton
Chowan Herald

Saturday, April 20, 2019

EDENTON — Chowan commissioners have approved a new lease with the owners of the Edenton Steamers baseball team.

In March, the Steamers’ owners announced that the franchise would be sold. The team, which plays its home games in Edenton, is expected to compete in the Coastal Plain League this summer, but not in 2020.

The Edenton-Chowan Foundation, a nonprofit, will manage the Steamers this year and take over ownership of the team next year.

At last week’s Chowan Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners agreed to terminate the county’s lease agreement with Edenton Baseball LLC and approve a new lease with the Edenton-Chowan Foundation to use Hicks Field.

Details of the lease were not discussed during the board’s open session. After the meeting, Commissioner Bob Kirby said the lease had been approved with a few minor legal tweaks.

In an unrelated matter, commissioners approved sending a list of proposed amendments to the county’s solar ordinance to the Chowan Planning Board for its review. The Planning Board will make a determination on the proposal in May and send them back for commissioners’ consideration in June.

Commissioners expressed concerns about the current ordinance’s 1,500-foot setback requirement and the type of foliage used to screen solar facilities from view. They also want more stringent rules on the upfront costs associated with a solar farm’s future decommissioning and whether solar farm operators should be required to monitor for the presence of hazardous materials.