Friday, October 22, 1999
Most boards give thumbs down to West Street land purchase
All town land-use boards and committees other than the conservation commission have told the selectmen that they do not feel the town should exercise its right of first refusal on the 9.3 acres of land owned by Christopher Fleming and Susan Dollinger off West Street. At their October 12 meeting, the selectmen decided to wait for the opinion of the conservation commission before it makes a formal decision. The town has until the end of the year to exercise its right.
Selectman John Ballantine reminded the board that the property is not a class-one priority on the town's Open Space and Recreation Plan. Selectman Burt Rubenstein stated that he could not recommend buying a property that is not classified as top priority on this plan. In any event, as selectman Michael Fitzgerald pointed out, the town does not have the $1 million purchase price needed to match the terms of the signed purchase and sale agreement.
In his letter to the selectmen on behalf of the Carlisle Land Trust, Arthur Milliken gave reasons for the recommendation not to exercise the right of first refusal. He stated, "Our recommendation is based upon our hope and expectation that the planning board will approve a conservation cluster, that the layout will protect the boundaries of the property from development and that this boundary area will be open space with public access."
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