- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A battle over solar panels installed on the roof of a Westerly ice cream shop may be thawing.

A lawyer for the family that owns the St. Clair Annex shop and an attorney for the Watch Hill Fire District tell The Westerly Sun (https://bit.ly/1WX482R ) that a settlement is in the works.

The family installed a 36.9-kilowatt solar array on the shop’s roof in December with a $42,000 grant administered by the state’s economic development agency.

The fire district appealed, saying permits for the panels should not have been issued before a development plan review was conducted. District officials also say the panels detract from the architectural character of the area.

Lawyers say they are not yet prepared to discuss specifics of the settlement.

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