Friday, February 5, 1999
ConsCom wants to replenish conservation fund
The final budget proposal heard at the January 27 finance committee budget hearing was from JoRita Jordan, chair of the conservation commission. "Ours is a simpler budget," said Jordan. "But like the others, we are asking for a four percent increase for the ConsCom officer." The commission's FY00 budget, with a four percent salary increase and three percent on other line items, amounts to $43,093. This is $224 over the three percent guideline issued by FinCom.
Two Warrant articles
ConsCom member Christine Bopardikar continued the presentation saying that the commission is also proposing two Warrant articles. The first would be a back-up Warrant article to be moved only if the municipal land committee's request for serial bonding authority to acquire town land failed. In that case, the ConsCom would like to request $500,000 for the conservation fund as part of a five-year plan with the same amount requested annually. This would allow the group to proceed with surveys, appraisals and testing associated with land acquisition. At present, the conservation fund has only $4,000. Bopardikar said they will need more with a number of parcels coming out of Chapter 61 agricultural protection in the next couple of years. For example, Bopardikar said, "The one-quarter million needed as a down payment for the proposed town acquisition of the Wang-Coombs land came from private funding."
The municipal land committee's request to fund land acquisition will be in the form of a serial bond. Parker, a member of the land committee, as is Bopardikar, added that they will be asking for a serial bond of "several" million dollars. The municipal land committee's proposal would allow town officials to act quickly and negotiate for large parcels.
ConsCom's other Warrant article involves resolution of the Greenough buildings. "The house is not in great repair," understated Bopardikar. She described the house as a tiny (740 square feet), three-bedroom structure with no historic value. "The barn is historic and can be saved," explained Bopardikar. "But if we're forced to take down the house, it will cost $18,000. There's lead paint and asbestosthat's why demolition is so expensive," she concluded.
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