Friday, November 9, 2001
FinCom member Tony Allison anticipates his committee will not support the article. "This land could be sold for at least eight to ten million dollars. Placing this piece of land under a conservation restriction would reduce its value as an asset, possibly to zero."
According to town counsel Paul DeRensis, the Warrant article must be accepted because it has the requisite number of signatures. If the Town Meeting approves the transfer, the selectmen must declare the land "surplus" and vote to place it under a restriction.
The selectmen gave no indication as to whether they would enact the transfer if the article passes. "Of course the selectmen always vote with the mandate of the town," opined an optimistic Catacchio. Said chairman John Ballantine, "We listen to Town Meeting and the Town Meeting debate." Unspoken, however, was the fact that at a meeting on October 9, the selectmen had voted "reasonable support for a broad-ranged approach" to developing the Town Forest, a stance which seems at odds with placing the land under restriction.
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