Friday, March 17, 2000
ConsCom supports restriction on Conant Land
The conservation commission has informed the selectmen that they would support a stand-alone Warrant article to place a conservation restriction on those portions of the Conant Land not set aside for affordable housing or expansion of the Town Hall or fire station. The vote came at the commission's regular March 9 meeting, where the sentiment of the members strongly favored preservation of the tract but made it clear that they were taking no position on the affordable housing issue. The recorded tally was five in favor with commissioner John Lee, an abutter to the property, not voting.
Members also indicated their desire for a discussion with both the selectmen and the finance committee concerning an anticipated Warrant article to provide for a strengthened conservation fund. The town voted last year to put $100,000 into this fund. The monies are used primarily for surveying and evaluation of properties that may be prime targets for development. The fund also allows the commission to place a deposit to hold such property pending a decision by the voters as to acquisition for town purposes. Town Meeting can increase the fund either through an appropriation or as a transfer from the agricultural grant due from the Wang-Coombs purchase.
Fields Pond grant
The commissioners welcomed Eunice Knight, who was this month's observer from the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and the bearer of good tidings. She reported that the foundation had received a $2,000 grant from the Fields Pond Foundation in Waltham. The grant will fund a management plan for the foundation's 35-acre Spencer Brook Reservation off West Street.
Knight indicated that the money is targeted specifically for study and control of invasive species. The Carex Association will lay out a trail plan and monitor the ecologically rich tract. This is the second grant the private Carlisle conservation organization has received from Fields Pond, the first being a $10,000 contribution for development of the handicapped accessible trail on the Malcolm Land.
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